1. What Hangxiety is
Hangxiety is a common symptom that affects many drinkers. The word comes from the union of hangover and anxiety. This symptom has a psychological and a scientific explanation: in the first case, it affects people who are afraid of having behaved inappropriately under the effects of alcohol, such as sending a message to exes in the middle of the night or saying things out of place. In the second case, it affects people who usually suffer from anxiety: the first sips of alcohol, in fact, stimulate the production of dopamine in the brain, with a resulting boost of euphoria. These effects are enhanced the following hours, when the production of mood-stabilising neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, is inhibited.
During hangover, the body works to expel the alcohol molecules. For this reason, blood sugar levels drop significantly. This decline, combined with the collapse of dopamine and other hormones, induces a state of anxiety in the subject.