Hangxiety has become a regularly used term within the student vocabulary, combining your hangover with anxiety about the events of the night before. When you black out or have a patchy memory of the night before you become nervous about what you might have said or done after you wake up in the morning. The money missing from your bank account, and the number of bruises you acquire seem to correlate with the amount of serotonin and sanity you lose.  

Hangxiety seems to result from nights out mostly, when you may lose track of how many drinks you’ve had and are way past your limit. Some students love to be told of last night’s antics and see it as something funny and part of university culture. However for many, not knowing what you have done, where you have been and who with raises lots of issues, particularly for their mental health.  

Student Megan L-Moran has commented that ‘the mix of alcohol and not remembering what has happened constantly leads me to question if I’ve embarrassed myself, and it’s just not worth the hassle.’ L-Moran has stopped drinking as a result of the hangxiety she experiences after every night out.  

Jess Cappi noted that hangxiety leads her to feel more insecure. ‘Things that don’t usually affect me when I’m sober seem to affect me so much more the morning after a night out, and I always worry about what things I got up to the night before.’ There seems to be large correlation between hangxiety, blacking out, and not remembering what happened. Perhaps monitoring your drinking is one way to prevent feeling hangxiety on a regular basis.  

It is important to experiment and see if you can enjoy yourself without having to depend on alcohol to have a good time. Battling with the struggles of hangxiety can be tricky because stopping drinking can lead to losing out on some of the social aspects of university. There is an expectation to drink and a lot of social situations at university do involve drinking – going to the LCR, going to the bar for a pint, or going out for cocktails, to name a few. Our excessive university drinking culture emphasises drinking high volumes of alcohol, which can consequently lead to experiencing hangxiety the next morning.  

Many find comfort from the pains of hangxiety in their duvet and usually a takeaway. This often leads to an unproductive day of worrying and needing reassurance from those around you. For these reasons, monitoring your alcohol consumption on nights out can lead to less of a hangover, less hangxiety and more productivity.

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