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Being shy can put you at 'hangxiety' risk

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If you are a very shy kind of person, you are more likely to suffer from "hangxiety" -- during a -- as compared to your extrovert friends, a new study suggests.

The study showed that, among the participants, drinking about six units of alcohol slightly decreased in highly shy people. But the next day, this slight relaxation was replaced by a significant increase in -- 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 (AUD) in highly shy people.

"We know that many people drink to ease anxiety felt in social situations, but this research suggests that this might have rebound consequences the next day, with more shy individuals more likely to experience this, sometimes debilitating, aspect of hangover," said Celia Morgan, at the

"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

The baseline measures of shyness, 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.



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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 19:50 IST