How Heavy Drinking Can Lead To “Hangxiety”
Have you ever gotten “hanxiety” due to drinking? We are headed to Beech mountain this weekend to host their annual 80’s weekend, and with that being said I am SURE we will do our fair amount of drinking too. So this article Greatist stopped me in my tracks today!
The thing that no one mentions about hangovers? The feeling of anxiety that also comes along – in addition to the headache from hell and extreme nausea of course. This hangover-induced anxiety is cleverly referred to as “hangxiety.”
Following a night of heavy drinking, you may experience some “hangxiety.” Not everyone experiences it though. Researchers say it’s most common with people who have “social phobias” or are generally shy although it could be linked to other things too.
Social anxiety – You might use alcohol as a “social lubricant” if you suffer from social anxiety but after the effects wear off, your already existing anxiety could come back even stronger. Dehydration – Dehydration, in general, can increase anxiety and depression and if you aren’t hydrated enough (with water) you’re setting yourself up for hangxiety.
Sleep deprivation – A lack of sleep can also cause anxiety on its own. A late night of partying coupled with several cocktails could have you feeling anxious the next day. Real regrets – If you got blackout drunk, texted your ex, said some drunk thoughts out loud, you could definitely be feeling some anxiety the next day over all of those regrets.