A study has recently revealed that overly-shy individuals are likelier to have anxiety, and at potentially debilitating levels, while hungover. Coined as “hangxiety”, those who suffer from this could also increase their chances around alcohol dependency.
Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a chronic condition where an individual simply cannot stop or control alcohol consumption despite opposing consequences around health, social, or work situations. It affects approximately 15 million adults across America, and more than 620,000 teens in and around 12 to 17 years of age.
Having said that, a new study has emerged suggesting that those who experience anxiety while hungover could indicate whether an individual could develop AUD, especially if the person is a shy one.
The team conducted interviews with close to 100 people, asking half of the group to consume alcohol as they normally would, and the other half to remain sober. The study team tested their alcohol levels at home.
Participants’ shyness was measured based on potential AUD signs, as well as social phobia levels. The research team also reviewed their state levels of anxiety against baseline, after they were asked to remain sober or drink as they normally do, as well as once again in the morning. Findings proved that individuals who were very shy experienced a jump in anxiety during the day after they had consumed alcohol.
Medical News Today recently revealed that the team found a significant connection when it came to increased anxiety levels the morning after to signs and symptoms of AUD, measured via AUDIT scores.
The findings of the study could provide possible AUD risk markers to help keep the public aware, and assist with treatment options as well as overall prevention. An individual accepting their shyness could also be a big step when it comes to avoiding the AUD condition.