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Too much alcohol can lead to hangxiety! Here’s how to get rid of it

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You drink several rounds of booze, get high, enjoy, and what? End up with a hangover? The majority of you must be familiar with this after-effect. Particularly if you drink too much alcohol, this occurs. And those who’ve been through it, know that it can take longer to wear off. However, among all the side effects of alcohol, one is “hangxiety”.

Simply put, it occurs when you experience a headache, nausea, and anxiety all at once. Health Shots contacted Dr Sonal Anand, Psychiatrist, Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road, Mumbai, to learn more about this condition and how to get rid of hangxiety.

To understand more about this condition and ways to get rid of hangxiety, Health Shots got in touch with Dr Sonal Anand, Psychiatrist, Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road, Mumbai.

What is hangxiety?

Dr Anand says, “Hangxiety is not a specific term used in Psychiatry. It is more of a scenario that is experienced after a heavy bout of alcohol consumption. It is the combination of having a hangover and anxiety related to the hangover.” Not only does the person feel physically ill, but they also may have high anxiety caused by erratic behavior and the blackout period of the night before.

There are several reasons why a hangover could give you anxiety. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Hangovers can last anywhere from a few hours after waking up to the entire day. Excessive consumption of alcohol, combining drinking with using recreational substances, or having a low tolerance can all lead to experiencing hangxiety the next day.

Symptoms of hangxiety

Feeling irritable, panicked, having a sense of impending doom, feeling your own heartbeat, having increased heartbeats and an increased rate of breathing, sweating, trembling, tummy issues, and difficulty focusing are all common symptoms of hangxiety.

What is the link between alcohol and anxiety?

“There is a clear connection between alcohol and anxiety, and some people would undoubtedly have hangxiety, especially in light of the fact that binge drinking raises the heart rate, impairs concentration, and impairs the capacity to make rational decisions, says Dr Anand.

Excess alcohol can lead to stress. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Additionally, drinking alcohol initially reduces your stress and helps you feel more at ease, but after some time you could start to feel restless, and a hangover can make that worse. One of the main causes of hangover anxiety is drinking less water or being dehydrated as well.

How to get rid of hangxiety?

Curing hangxiety requires resting and rehydrating the body. Plus, follow these 7 tips to deal with hangxiety:

  • Alcohol shouldn’t be consumed on an empty stomach. Your digestive system may be disturbed by this so avoid it.
  • Drink slowly, not quickly. Take breaks from one glass of alcohol to another. Otherwise, you may end up blacking out early and lose control.
  • Do not combine alcohol and fizzy drinks. They might speed up how quickly alcohol is absorbed into the blood.
  • After consuming alcohol, you should drink at least 2-3 liters of water and have a light, low-calorie meal.
  • Sleep for at least 6-8 hours to ensure proper rest for your body.
  • Eat less salty and spicy meals.
  • Avoid binge eating after drinking too much alcohol because this can make you throw up.
Alcohol will only make you more dehydrated. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3 home remedies to cure hangxiety:

  • Add coconut water, half an apple, one banana, one kiwi, and one teaspoon of honey in a mixer and prepare juice. When you experience a hangover, drink it. This hydrates you and helps you get rid of alcohol toxins.
  • Brew ginger tea. It can alleviate alcohol-related gastrointestinal problems and stop motion sickness.
  • Eat meals high in vitamin B to restore your energy and enhance brain function to stop feeling tired.

Though these tips are effective for avoiding hangover anxiety and the after-effects of alcohol, prevention seems to be the best cure for it. So be mindful of the amount of alcohol being consumed and make sure that you are not on an empty stomach before drinking.

So ladies, enjoy the party, but don’t risk your health!

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