The science of why drinking too much alcohol can make you feel anxious, paranoid and panicky the next day.
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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.
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!!!
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
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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 :(
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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...
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 :)
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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.
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.
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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!
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?
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.
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.
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!?
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.
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 :)
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!
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?
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
...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
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.
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!