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Anxiety Hangovers Are REAL

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The science of why drinking too much alcohol can make you feel anxious, paranoid and panicky the next day. Share this on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1lolF4r Share this on Twitter: http://ctt.ec/995_i Subscribe: http://bit.ly/1l8JXv3 On the web: http://www.stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/momstuffpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StuffMomNeverToldYou Google+: http://bit.ly/1kNchOQ Tumblr: http://stuffmomnevertoldyou.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/stuffmomnevertoldyou# Join Cristen to get down to the business of being a woman and all the Stuff Mom Never Told You about bodies, boys and the female brain.
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Andy Appleton (28 days ago)
I didn't start getting these until my late 30s. But now, they're very real. The hangover is just a hangover. Headache, empty stomach but don't feel like eating, tired but don't feel like sleeping. But I can live with those. It's the hangiexty that is a nightmare. Now when I drink too many, I have this intense feeling of dread and shame that sometimes lasts for even a few days afterward. The sensation is hard to describe but it's basically just pure dread. A feeling that nothing is okay and something awful, even death is imminent. It's almost enough to make me swear off the booze.
Liz Vaughn (3 months ago)
Thanks this is great
Nevena Tanaskovic (4 months ago)
Exercise helps me too! I feel like a whole new person after a workout on a hungover Sunday
6OMEZ (4 months ago)
only 19 and I have the worst anxiety hangovers.Life is great :)
Shrishti Bhattarai (6 months ago)
thanks for the tip! Def gonna go work out now haha
Mollie Burd (6 months ago)
This is why I do not drink anymore. I could handle the physical sick, but not the depression and anxiety that lasts a good week after having just like 3 glasses of wine! SO yeah, no booze for me. And I am 49 now so hormonal shifts do not mix well with alcohol!!!
Raf Soto (6 months ago)
Withdrawal Causes terrible anxiety! && a hangover is part of withdrawal.
Andrew (9 months ago)
You're not old at 30, and alcohol anxiety will effect any binge drinker. I had that horrible problem at 21 when I drank for four days.
bharath vyas (9 months ago)
you are very true, that's what I did today (workout) ..and feel way better now..thnx
Psyclotron xx (9 months ago)
Good explanation.
Family Guy (10 months ago)
Get them horribly. That's why I quit drinking. Never been happier.
Alan Moon (10 months ago)
I hit YouTube this morning asking this question. For over five years I felt this after drinking. The fleeing is horrible. And hair of the dog works but is not the answer.And you have explained and answered all my questions perfectly, and discribed the feeling exactly. a brilliant video thank you. Glad I'm not the only one! Happy holidays
Sho Kosugi (11 months ago)
This is true..It gets worse the older you get..Working out next morning esp cardio and a sauna makes you feel a lot better..
LordDeathspit (1 year ago)
I’m 39 and drinking is crazy now. The good thing is I get tired before I get drunk enough to be sick but the bad part is I can have anxiety and even depression for several days after. Man I just wanna go back to puking lol. But seriously good video.
Salvo Smith (1 year ago)
Toally true , I am 37 and I used not have this side effect of hangovers , now I feel terrible feelings of guilt , even if I haven't done anything bad , it's irrational , I feel so guilty like I had killed someone . Everyone tells me I was merry and it was fun and that I haven't done anything to feel guilty . But I can't help . The worst I got is that these feelings last 3 or 4 days . That's why I rarely drink . Last Saturday big party . It's Monday and I still feel anxiety and feeling of guilty and it's absolutely awful . Thanks for your video . Makes me feel like it's not only me .
I was well acquainted with this cycle, reducing your intake of booze helps enormously, once you and your body adjust to the situation.
Ivan Diaz (1 year ago)
That happens to me I'm 21
So I should have gone to the gym this morning instead of not leaving the bed
Marcos Flores (1 year ago)
I get really bad anxiety that leads up to a full blown panic attack when I wake up with a hangover it started when I was 32 years old I'm 44 years old now and I don't drink as much anymore because of it before I was 32 I would always go to the bars after work working in my dad's tire shop to go drink some cold ones but I would wake up the next morning just what a headache I would never feel nauseated but just tired and lazy but I had to get my ass up and go to work because my dad's tire shop opened at 7am in the morning. but a month after my 32nd birthday I noticed I was getting bad anxiety and panic attacks every time I woke up with a hangover that I had to stop drinking and then I quit for a year and started drinking again and that first night of getting drunk I woke up with really bad anxiety and nausea and I thought I was the only one that got this I'm surprised that there's so many people out there that experiencing the same thing I'm going through so now when I go out to the bars I go out maybe once or twice a month but when I do I don't get drunk I just have a few beers along with ice water never drink hard liquor anymore with my beer and once they start feeling the buzz I'll switch to club soda or regular soda and I wake up just fine in the morning.
Avser (1 year ago)
ive been dealing with this since i was 24 in 29 now and ive been drinking since age 14. more heavily at 21. got so bad i couldnt go 6 hours without a drink. i thought the anxiety part was just me. everybody i tried to talk to about this just looked at me like i was crazy and when they witnessed me during my hangovers they thought i was some cry baby bitch over reacting. having this anxiety while youre in bed sweating and shaking like crazy is fucking hell. alcohol is fucking wack and i hate how easy it is to get. thanks for this video im glad im not the only person that has experienced the anxiety part
allah bless (1 year ago)
I'd so much rather feel shit physically than get anxiety hangovers
Professor Penne (1 year ago)
couldn't agree more. I rarely feel bad physically but mentally it can be BAD, what nightmares are made of if u drink too much.
Harald von Hinten (1 year ago)
I can relate to this a lot. I used to be able to get shit-faced drunk, passing out for 3 hours on someones floor and then play a full game of competitive basketball the next day. Today I'm not even drunk most of the time yet i feel like shit the next two days and have depression/anxiety the next 4 days, until i can kick myself in the butt hard enough to go to the gym again. Hangovers definetly get a lot worse as you get older, but experiencing this kind of depression and anxiety for such a long time, after not even being fully drunk, is pretty new to me.
MsMtheory (1 year ago)
Sadly all I can do is lay here and fight off the anxiety every second.. I took my pup out because I had to..I almost fell down coming back in I got so dizzy and then bam! Been anxious since then...I hate this :(
chris Hickey (1 year ago)
you rock anxiety hangover lady
Jon Murdock (1 year ago)
oh lawd this is me.im joking but this shit is ruining my life the alcohol anxiety is horrible.i like going out drinking but now at 37 it's bad.
CannaToker420 (1 year ago)
Alcohol induced hallucinations are the worst. The overwhelming sense of dread and panic that accompanies them is just horrifying, the stuff nightmares are made out of. That's when I know I need to chill out.
Scotty Davlin (1 year ago)
I'm afraid to exercise because my heart rate it usually elevated and I'm scared it'll beat too fast and stop.
meparadis (1 year ago)
I actually cures hangover anxiety by drinking alcohol the day after... LOL
Paul Leask (2 years ago)
i came here for Eyehategod instead i get a stupid bitch in a purple sweater wearing a bicycle necklace.
fernie.ernie (2 years ago)
This is so helpful. my friends said they don't get this feeling when i told them about it so i thought i was crazy.
Alex Laris (8 months ago)
fernie.ernie same happens to me, i mean, like... always. But you are not alone!!!
Mike Tison (2 years ago)
love your video that's so on that's what I get anxiety hangovers I don't get headaches I don't get anything else just your anxiety anxiety attacks panic attacks you name it
Philip Brown (2 years ago)
Yes, this video sums up my hangovers accurately, I'm nearly 32 and it started (or got worse) in my late 20s. Whats the resolution? Stop drinking?
Steve Rice (2 years ago)
thank you so much for making this video you are great! awesome humor !!
Brigid Lynch (2 years ago)
I'm only 22 and I've noticed these changes in my brain.
jonathanwing (1 year ago)
I think it depends on the person... it started for me more in my late 20s but honestly I know some people who can party harder than me in their 40s-50s who are completely unfazed the next day. Don't know how they do it, but I think everyone is different with managing anxiety.
This is so true! Sometimes you CAN recognise "ok, everything is fine in my life. The anxiety is just here because I drank and my serotonin levels are going haywire". I never have headaches while hungover these days but the anxiety is horrible. Right now as I'm typing this I still have traces of anxiety left of yesterday's hangover. And nope, pizza did not help. The only thing that somewhat makes things better is hair of the dog and having sex -lots of sex.
NT1 NT2 (2 years ago)
Just 30-45 walk outside really helps(if its not super hot summer), then take a cold shower. Also its good if you have 5-10 mg of diazepam and 1 tablet of aspirin. Sometimes cold blanket on head is a good choice :D
CerebralAssassin (2 years ago)
I get depression hangovers and not anxiety hangovers for some reason.
Charles Green (2 years ago)
Cristen-can you please tell me when "leggings" became pants, and can you make it stop!!!!!!!!! Oh, the Uggs/Leggings uniform must end too! Help!!!
flamintaco0 (2 years ago)
Omg so much makes sense now. I'm 30.....1ish ha, whenever I drink these days I have horrible anxiety the day after. I figured I was just becoming neurotic. This gives me a smidge piece of mind that, as always, it's my brain and chemicals in my body messing with me. My brain and I don't get along anymore. My body and I used to but she's turning on me too. Fuck I miss my twenties already.
Mel G (2 years ago)
When I saw this title, I really thought it would be more about dealing with the recovery time needed after a panic attack or just high anxiety exposure. Many people with high avoidance with their social anxiety lose the ability to go "party" at all, and a significant amount of recovery could be needed just for going to the grocery store or having something unexpected happen during your "out time." Would you do something about that, including explaining the chemical reasons, which could be shared with people who don't understand that there is really something going on?
Camo Cat (2 years ago)
I thought this video was going to be about the hangover after a long time being stressed and then the situation is gone but you have a hard time relaxing.
Anne Fien (2 years ago)
I LOVE the necklace you're wearing! Where did it come from?
PandaVBot (2 years ago)
I got drunk once on accident during my dads birthday party. Never again. My parents laughed at me and congragulated me on being coordinated enough to make it to the toilet to throw up. Mom shoved a bottle of water down my throat and sent me off to bed. I was expecting a headache or something when I woke up, but all I experienced was a bit of anxiety and then felt drained the whole day.
A Shot of Whiskey (2 years ago)
I wouldn't know, I've never had a hangover.
Bridgett Meskis (2 years ago)
I can relate up to the point of this happening after alcohol. I struggle with anxiety and it is pretty severe. Some days the anxiety is so bad that I don't get much work done at school. My dad doesn't understand it. My mom has had to explain that I have an anxiety disorder and that him yelling at me about something that is not my fault only makes it worse. I hate the fact I also have underlying depression because it is hard in the mornings to get up at 6:30 and go to school where the stress levels are higher then they are at home. I have this weight that I carry around with me everywhere I go, like an eternal sadness that I try hard to cover up. My friends at school seem to throw depression around as much as OCD. They don't know what depression actually feels like. I have one friended whose family is not new to mental health as her brother has thoughts of suicide. Sorry if I got off topic but my brain needed to just say what was on my shoulders and now that some of this weight is off I feel better.
Alexius Nemo (2 years ago)
When I was 32 I was dating a woman who was 26. She told how embarrassing that I drank diet soda instead of beer. Several years leader we drifted apart & she started dating a slightly younger guy who really liked beer. She found she couldn't chug like she used to a few years before. She called me up to apologize realizing my soda drinking wasn't entirely wrong. I gave her a slight Bronx Cheer but didn't rub it in...
Danielle Crouch (2 years ago)
I didn't know about this phenomenon, thanks for the video! I have noticed that my hangovers have gotten MUCH worse in my mid-20s as opposed to early 20s, and partially as a result of that I barely drink anymore. Anxiety is just another reason not to :) Also, best end screen ever!
thecatbehemoth (2 years ago)
Oh my god, this explains so much about my hangovers! I used to think it was my body's way of "balancing" the fun and positivity I had the night before with some negativity and depressiveness the day after.
Mychelly Goulart (2 years ago)
Hey Cristen! Thanks for this and all your videos, I really enjoy watching them. I was wondering if you could do a video on White Feminism. Think this is an interesting topic.
wilspoor (2 years ago)
hi- was the information based on a study etc? I can't find the references!
digitalodin (2 years ago)
Hahaha, that ending panel <3
Imogen Oakes (2 years ago)
Wait, I'm 20 and get this now, is it only going to get worse?!
Pluezil Vlk (2 years ago)
wow great timing, thank you !
Dabbysaurus (2 years ago)
I'm 25 and because I don't drink, I already get anxiety hangovers. Went out about a month ago with friends, had some drinks, got the worst anxiety for the next 2-3 days, I felt like I was going insane.
cheesy cheez (2 years ago)
dat ending doe
Terra (2 years ago)
Cristen do you think you could do a video about eyebrow trends through history and why there is such a fad about them now? I feel like its the only thing in makeup that anyone ever talks about today. Love your content btw!! Keep it up!!!
Love this
Nikki (2 years ago)
Nice chain& video
Erin (2 years ago)
Can you get anxiety hangovers from recreational drugs as well? Is that the feeling some people coming off drugs can feel other than addiction?
Professor Penne (1 year ago)
yes that's the withdrawal. I used to blow coke and coming off that was a real nightmare. been 10 years since then and would never go back, now thinkin about kicking the booze as well.
1reasonwhy (2 years ago)
wine and beer have little metanol in it and alcohol sucks water out of your body and that create hangover
BL4CK KN1G8T (2 years ago)
If you haven't learned to handle your drink by the time you 30, you need to grow up.
Daniele Colombo (2 years ago)
Happy Birthday ? lol, or am I late to the party ?
Elena Ware Bailey (2 years ago)
Thanks so much for explaining this phenomenon!!! I thought the reason I felt such dread in the morning must have meant I had done or said something terrible... and that it also must have meant that I just couldn't remember what happened. Sometimes this would happen even if it wasn't a night that got too crazy, which left me thinking maybe it got crazier than I thought. It was one big anxious circle! Phew! Good to know that there's a reason I feel that way, that I'm not the only one, and it's normal. Thanks bunches!
Javiera Reinoso (2 years ago)
I thought this video was going to be about the physical and mental exhaustion after a panic attack. but super cool and funny video anyways :)
omgthetablesonfire (2 years ago)
I'm 21 and anxiety is my biggest symptom of a hangover
NaturallySloan (2 years ago)
I know when i drank to much the night before because i'll be a emotional mess. I get super depressed, weepy and anxious. The physical hangover is nothing compared to the emotional side..
Claire Campbell (2 years ago)
Kristen is a true friend
Claire Campbell (2 years ago)
*Cristen. sorry
Alison Love (2 years ago)
From the title I thought this was about taking a day to recover from an anxiety attack hahah
amelia brackett (2 years ago)
I need a gif of sad Cristen with the party hat and blowy thing
Isabelle (2 years ago)
I really really need a gif of that final part with the party blower. I have never seen anything that describes my feelings about birthdays better!
Isabelle (2 years ago)
Today is my birthday so this is just the reminder that I needed about growing old. Bye ability to drink freely and eat whatever I want, it was nice knowing you!
Ketki M (2 years ago)
LOVED this video, as it was a painfully relevant topic lol
serrot spikester (2 years ago)
wow, I guess I don't have prefrontal cortex, because I'm 51 5ft 5in tall 150 lb I drink a 12 pack and the next day I feel fine, no hangovers and I'm ready to get to work around the house and play with my dog like I haven't had a drink the night before. how can you explain that?
+serrot spikester That's the best remedy, most of the hangover comes from dehydration. I'm not talking crazy drinking that can land you in the hospital, but normal drinking. The old saying drink one beer piss two is not far from true.
serrot spikester (2 years ago)
+Ireallyreally Hategoogle so thats way I don't get any hangovers, I do drink lot of water after I had drank a 12 pack and before i go to bed.
+serrot spikester If you drink lots of water, have no anxiety problems and are a regular drinker, then it's normal.
alex Anerlon (2 years ago)
Party at Cristen's house!
A good point y'all have brought up: anxiety hangover don't just happen when you get older, especially if you deal with anxiety and depression sober. The age factor intensifies it since our old bods don't metabolize alcohol as well. So in my experience -- for the most part -- I didn't develop anxiety hangovers regularly until my late 20s.
Mystic Mac (1 year ago)
Stuff Mom Never Told You - HowStuffWorks i really need help dealing with this, but i am young, im 16 years old and i got drunk, i feel like shit, i have anxiety to day asfuck i just need to know if it goes away!?
Professor Penne (1 year ago)
that's literally me now. if I drink more then 10 beers the next day is horrifying. not even sick from the alcohol just the anxiety gets really bad, like being stuck on the top of a rollercoaster for hours on end. I used to be able to drink like a truck and feel nothing but now it can get bad. my problem is sometimes I can't cut it off at 10 so maybe it's time to stop entirely before its too late.
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Kaitlyn Ann (2 years ago)
as a 19 yo i have made the apparently unpopular decision to not drink because its not worth it for the complete decimation of my mental health
PurpleCanary (2 years ago)
I'm studying Neurology and the pre-frontal cortex is fully developed by 21. Still a very interesting and scientific video - thanks :)
Daliachan (2 years ago)
Quitting was seriously one of the best decisions in my life. Talking with friends or even dancing at a club until late in the morning is a lot of fun while sober. It's also helped with my anxiety. Once my friends got used to it, it has been a blast :)
Anna FE (2 years ago)
I'm 20 and have started getting these. I don't drink much, tho i used to drink a fair bit more (drinking age is 18 where I'm from and we have a teen drinking culture). I don't know why I'm getting them so young but alcohol makes me an absolute wreck, on top of pre existing anxiety. I have quit drinking completely now, mainly due to ibs, but also my fear of anxiety hangovers!
Danny Richer (6 months ago)
Anna FE I’m the exact same bro. I blame my bad choices of weed and cocaine at a young age
Hanna Prykhodzka (2 years ago)
I am interested to know, how much is considered ''drinking'', ''going out'' --> how much can trigger a ''anxiety'' hangover? For example: a) A glass of wine? b) 2 beers and a glass of wine? c) 2 coktails, two beers, and a few shots?
gonatrollya (2 years ago)
How bout pure anxiety
Jenna Sten (2 years ago)
Thanks Kristen! I'd be interested to see a video on anxiety hangovers, separate to alcohol, if there's enough research on the next day effects on basic functioning after panic attacks, or sustained anxiety over a long period of time e.g. peaking Generalised Anxiety). Thank you!
+Jenna Sten Ohh, that's a great idea - thanks!
Tiara O (2 years ago)
I was seriously starting to wonder what was wrong with me.  I used to never have any regrets or second thoughts following a night of drinking.  Now every time I cant shake the anxiety that I had done something wrong (even if everything went great).  I didn't know that anxiety hangovers were a thing!  Thanks for making me feel a little more sane... <3
Andy Appleton (28 days ago)
Wow Tiara and Benedikt...I know your comments are old but I just had to talk about this because I'm having one of those existential terror days right now. Drank way too much last night and feel that doom-like sensation. And it's exactly like you say...I don't have to make a fool of myself, I just feel completely ashamed the day after drinking heavy. If everything went great and I had a good time, I still feel ashamed. I never got these until late 30s.
Tiara O I feel the same way. It's such a shame, even if I had a great time with friends and family, I end up feeling like utter shit about it.
+Tiara Elizabeth I thought I was the only one, too! And there isn't much reliable info online about it either, which makes it feel even rarer.
Maximum Sandwich (2 years ago)
Great video!
Teri A. (2 years ago)
Could this explain why I feel like I have worse hangovers when I've just been hanging out versus when I've been dancing at a club like mad? I've used the expression "dance the drunk away" to explain why I feel slightly better than expected the next day. Well, I'm going to say it is as an excuse for dancing like someone who only just realized they have arms and legs.
+Stuff Mom Never Told You - HowStuffWorks Sweating makes you drink more, at least it makes me drink more water.
+Sannalikes Perhaps -- on the one hand you might sweat more on the dance floor, but hydration matters too.
blackdog (2 years ago)
I'm totally anti-alcohol. It tastes disgusting, alters your senses in a negative way and makes you do more or less horrible things. I think getting drunk stopped being cool a long time ago.
smiley (2 years ago)
i feel the same way and i'm only 18 :/
Sepia Smith (2 years ago)
The ending oh my god I can't stop laughing.
RedFoxFaye (2 years ago)
So what happens when you're 19 and this is every moment of your waking life? lol
ladydynamite7 (2 years ago)
Is there any scientific explanation for those of us who get this in spades but are way under thirty?
ladydynamite7 (2 years ago)
You're not wrong, you know! Thanks Cristin, you're a (slightly psychic) font of knowledge, as ever.
+ladydynamite7 In that case, I have a hunch you deal with a lot of anxiety when sober as well.
Hannah Therese (2 years ago)
I don't get typical nausea and headache hangovers (possibly because I'm 23), but I do feel very bad emotionally the next day, and it seems to peak around late afternoon rather than morning. I always wake up like "Yay! I feel okay," but by 4:00 pm I'm anxious, exhausted, and depressed. Now it finally makes some sense.
Night King (1 year ago)
Hannah Therese same here :0, im quiting alcohol Right Now!
+Hannah Therese Yup, folks (like me) who are predisposed to anxiety are likelier to experience exactly that. No fun!
Sydd Linden (2 years ago)
...I thought this was going to be about the 4 days it takes to even begin to recover from an anxiety attack. Well, I was wrong. Also, this is why I don't drink much and avoid alcohol completely if I'm feeling at all anxious. Alcohol worsens anxiety disorders vs helping AT ALL. The more you know. ;D
Chelsea Conlin (2 years ago)
Interesting! Also, where did you get the cool bicycle necklace?
terejov (2 years ago)
I have anxiety hangovers all the time... without the booze
minahil rahman (25 days ago)
Sydd Linden (2 years ago)
Yup. Me too. They suck!
Oh, thank goodness! I thought it was just me. My anxiety hangovers get worse every year. How I wish I was twenty-one again when I was cringing "That was awesome!" while nursing a hangover with a coffee.
+Simone Janse van Noordwyk I experienced the SAME thing.
Explaura (2 years ago)
So I have the brain of an older woman? xD I'm 18 and always wondered why this happened (from the UK. I'm legal to drink FYI)... I have a lot of anxiety issues anyway, and hated how when I'd felt better for a while, I'd go drink, and spend the next day having panic attacks for no reason. Thanks!
makeartsteph (2 years ago)
Good thing I never ever drink.
Londonmuso (7 months ago)
makeartsteph too bad you haven't figured out how to leave a comment with empathy.
Samia cynthia (2 years ago)
So... apparently I'm a 24 year old woman with the brain of a woman in her thirties... Great.
Red Buck (5 months ago)
Samia cynthia I was 23 when the anxiety hangovers started. They don't get better unless you stop drinking.
Rosemary May Richings (2 years ago)
+S.Martian me too apparently...
Sweet Chik (2 years ago)
Haha, wouldn't say 0 depending on what the activity is.  I am 23 though so there probably is a lack of common areas :P
+Sweet Chik Considering this is Youtube comments and i'm 40, the probabilities are 0. :-)
Sweet Chik (2 years ago)
+Ireallyreally Hategoogle Considering that your location is pretty far away I am not sure how probable that is XD

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