Love Island star Dr Alex George reveals how we are able to cope with and forestall ‘hangxiety’

Do you are feeling anxious after a heavy night time out? Healthista editor Olivia Hartland-Robbins spoke to Love Island star and A&E physician Alex George on how one can cope with and forestall hangover nervousness 

Because the finish of lockdown, aka ‘Freedom Day’, Brits have been having fun with their new discovered freedom by going out and socialising – which is completely comprehensible in spite of everything that point indoors.

However it seems, it isn’t all enjoyable and video games.

A examine by non-alcoholic spirit Caleño has revealed that multiple in three Brits who drink – that’s 36 per cent of us – have skilled ‘hangxiety’.

‘Hangxiety’, is the nervousness related to hangovers after having just a few too many alcoholic drinks.

multiple in three Brits who drink – that’s 36 per cent of us – have skilled ‘hangxiety’

Oh and it’s particularly prevalent in individuals aged 18 to 39, of which two in three (65%) have skilled it. Plus, a 3rd of individuals in the identical age bracket say that their hangovers have elevated in frequency for the reason that easing of lockdown.

Love Island star Dr Alex George, who can be an A&E physician and the UK’s first authorities advisor for psychological well being says, ‘With issues opening once more, we’ve gone right into a little bit of a socialising overdrive. This has meant elevated consuming, which is most probably the rationale for this improve in ‘hangxiety’.

Healthitsa spoke to Dr Alex George for his recommendation on coping with hangxiety and the way we can assist to stop it…

What’s hangxiety?

Hangover nervousness – or ‘hangxiety’ – is the psychological well being impact of a hangover.

‘Hangexity is a phrase that has been coined lately that pertains to the best way individuals really feel (often the subsequent day) after they’ve had just a few too many alcoholic drinks,’ says Dr Alex.

‘Within the brief time period, consuming alcohol results in emotions of elevated confidence, could make you extra alert and chatty and might trigger you to really feel extra relaxed.

‘However what we discover the morning and even days after is a unfavorable have an effect on in your general temper and common well-being. Sure, you get the feel-good advantages within the first few hours after consuming alcohol, however after comes the low temper, nervousness, tiredness and fatigue’.

the psychological well being impact of a hangover

This occurs as a result of alcohol is a depressant, inflicting our serotonin (temper hormone) ranges and different chemical compounds in our mind to vary, which might result in elevated emotions of hysteria.

‘What goes up, should come down. As a result of we felt that buzz the night time earlier than from altered mind chemical compounds, the subsequent day we’ll expertise an opposing impact which is why individuals discover such a unfavorable affect on their psychological well being after consuming,’ explains Dr Alex.

‘Should you take a look at present consuming tendencies, I consider that within the subsequent few years individuals will choice to drink extra non-alcoholic drinks.

‘Not essentially to cease consuming alcohol utterly, however as a selection for while you solely need a few drinks with the intention to keep away from the dreaded hangover and the nervousness that comes with it’.


Hangxiety signs

Along with the bodily signs of a hangover, reminiscent of headache, dehydration, tiredness and feeling sick, individuals can expertise the next psychological well being signs:

  • Feeling anxious
  • Palpitations
  • Sooner heartbeat
  • Feeling teary
  • Sweaty palms
  • Low temper
  • Trembling
  • Dizziness
  • Panic assaults
  • Worrying concerning the previous and future

If alcohol consumption is just too excessive over an extended time period, it may affect someones psychological well being and common well-being.

‘Alcohol is seen as a depressant, which suggests over time, in case your serotonin and mind chemical compounds are persistently altered, it may result in despair,’ warns Dr Alex.

Who’s extra in danger?

Everybody could be very completely different, some individuals don’t expertise hangxiety, however components reminiscent of genetic make up and the way alcohol impacts you as a person performs an element.

‘As does your state of wellbeing,’ says Dr Alex.

‘For instance you probably have poor psychological well being and undergo from nervousness or despair, these signs could be made worse.

‘Plus, when you have a tendency to fret extra, you may additionally be extra more likely to undergo emotions of hangxiety than others.


Coping with ‘hangxiety’

Dr Alex George says that looking for reassurance could be useful when coping with hangxiety.

‘Speaking to a pal concerning the night time earlier than and why you is likely to be anxious will assist to place your thoughts relaxed.

‘When individuals start to grasp why they really feel a sure manner it may be an enormous reassurance and stops them pondering ‘Why is that this taking place to me? Why do I really feel like this?’

Contextualising these anxious and worrying ideas will assist you to to grasp why you’re feeling that manner.

don’t knock again a great deal of sugary drinks both, as that may trigger an adrenaline sort response

‘One of many issues I wouldn’t counsel doing is waking up and having a great deal of espresso as this will trigger additional nervousness. Should you will need to have espresso, go for decaffeinated espresso, that’s what I are inclined to do,’ suggests Dr Alex.

‘Additionally don’t knock again a great deal of sugary drinks both, as that may trigger an adrenaline sort response which might result in additional jitters and emotions of hysteria’.


‘Once you come residence and also you’ve had just a few too many drinks, make sure to re-hydrate with loads of water earlier than you go to mattress,’ advises Dr Alex.

‘It’s very important you do that as a result of while you go to mattress, regardless as as to if you’ve got been consuming alcohol or not, sleep is a dehydrating course of. So alcohol will solely improve this.

‘You don’t drink water by way of the night time, however water remains to be evaporating by way of your pores and skin. That’s why while you urinate within the morning it tends to be way more yellow in color.

re-hydrate with loads of water earlier than you go to mattress

‘Proceed to re-hydrate the subsequent morning and make sure to have some carbohydrates and sugar. Folks typically really feel jittery the subsequent day as a result of a lower of their sugar ranges, so it’s essential to manage your sugar ranges to cease this’.

Dr Alex George - Hangxiety woman drinking water


Have plenty of relaxation and remind your self that that is what alcohol does. So remember that the best way you’re feeling is generally associated to the alcohol.

Have a day of calm, and take a look at to not do something that may add to your emotions of hysteria.


We all know that nature is nice for well-being and lowering emotions of hysteria.

‘In case you are feeling notably anxious, getting exterior within the recent air and having a stroll and a chat to somebody additionally feeling that manner can actually assist,’ suggests Dr Alex.

‘Feeling cooped up isn’t excellent for us, so if you’re feeling nicely sufficient, get exterior for some recent air and name a pal when you can’.

For individuals who feeling particularly anxious…

‘Should you get up and are affected by extreme nervousness the very first thing to do is sit up and begin counting or naming every little thing round you within the room,’ says Dr Alex.

‘This helps to convey your self again to the current second. Say what you see out loud, even higher rise up and contact every object, whereas saying the title of it out loud.

begin counting or naming every little thing round you within the room

Respiratory is one other nice approach in diverting your worrying ideas again to the current second. Keep in mind nervousness and fear relies on concern of the long run and uncertainty.

‘If we’re targeted on our respiratory it means we’re much less targeted on no matter it’s that’s worrying us or inflicting emotions of hysteria,’ provides Dr Alex.

‘Decelerate, shut your eyes and concentrate on respiratory out and in. Keep in mind to rely your breaths. Typically you discover that by the point you get to 50, 60, 70 breaths you’ve got purchased your coronary heart price down and are beginning to really feel a lot calmer’.


Stopping ‘hangxiety’

Coping with nervousness is one factor, however wouldn’t or not it’s nice if we may forestall all of it collectively?

‘If you already know that alcohol is making your nervousness worse and your psychological well being is struggling then it’s good to take a look at chopping again and discovering options,’ suggests Dr Alex.

‘This isn’t about not consuming altogether, it’s about balancing your consuming. So for each alcoholic drink, get pleasure from a non-alcoholic one after.

‘Oh and also you don’t should accept faucet water anymore, there are some scrumptious choices on the market now, my favorite in the intervening time is Caleño.

‘I really like having the choice of consuming a non-alcoholic drink that’s really refreshing and re-hydrating, as a result of then your mates can’t make enjoyable of you for going as much as the bar to get a pint of water.

I really like having the choice of consuming a non-alcoholic drink

‘Have the arrogance to say no to a drink, and don’t let anybody strain you into ‘simply one other one’. Hearken to your physique and know while you’ve had sufficient. You’ll be happy the subsequent morning while you get up and not using a hangover’.

Different components aside from alcohol additionally could be blamed for elevated nervousness. ‘You’ll want to take a look at your common way of life too,’ says Dr Alex.

‘Are you getting sufficient train? Are you sleeping nicely? Are you incorporating self-care into your on a regular basis routine? Are you confiding in your loved ones and mates about something that’s worrying you?

‘Life is about stability, if you’re experiencing nervousness after consuming or are feeling anxious generally, then try to make modifications to your way of life with the intention to mitigate these emotions’.

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