You are more likely to suffer from 'hangxiety', anxiety during a hangover, if you are a very shy kind of person compared to your extrovert friends, reveals a study.
The study showed that, among the participants, drinking about six units of alcohol slightly decreased anxiety in highly shy people. But the next day, this slight relaxation was replaced by a significant increase in anxiety -- a state of "hangxiety" among the shy drinkers.
The research team also found a strong link between this "hangxiety" and higher scores on the AUDIT test which is used to identify alcohol use disorder (AUD) in highly shy people.
"These findings also suggest that "hangxiety" in turn might be linked to people's chance of developing a problem with alcohol," Morgan added.
For the study, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, the team analysed almost 100 social drinkers with either high or low levels of shyness.
The baseline measures of shyness, social phobia and AUD were taken, and anxiety levels were tested again during the evening and the following morning.
"It's about accepting being shy or an introvert. This might help transition people away from heavy alcohol use. It's a positive trait. It's OK to be quiet," Morgan noted.