There’s nothing worse than waking up with a pounding headache, last night’s regrets, and a bad case of the Sunday scaries. Although many of us have experienced the dreaded feeling of hangxiety after a night of drinking, the actual term “hangxiety” did not gain public attention until rather recently. The Sun Chaser Team is dedicated to learning about the true toll that alcohol has on our minds and bodies, so we did a little research on hangxiety to see what it’s really about.
What Is It, Really?
Hangover anxiety – a.k.a. hangxiety – is the anxious feeling you get after drinking. As the alcohol in your system wears off, you can become anxious, agitated, panicked, flat, unmotivated, and moody.
Why Does It Happen?
As said by Dr. Iver, “alcohol interrupts the activity of neurotransmitters in your body, including serotonin and endorphins, which can affect your mood” (Self). Even further, Dr. George F. Koob explains that “hangovers are, more or less, a mini-withdrawal from alcohol and anxiety is one of the side effects (Self).
Staying hydrated is crucial to reducing all hangover symptoms and is a great place to start. However, Dr. Bogenschutz notes that if you know you typically get anxiety after drinking, the next step is to limit or terminate your alcohol consumption to prevent further consequences (Self). Try a Sun Chaser next time you want to unwind or go out with friends!
Reflecting on Hangxiety
Here at Sun Chaser, we make mental and physical wellbeing a top priority. Highs and lows are a natural part of life, and reflecting on your experiences can help provide perspective on your own personal wellness. Take a moment to yourself and think if you have ever experienced hangxiety. What did it feel like? How did you react? What are your goals for preventing hangxiety in the future?