I’m a scientist – here’s how your personality affects how bad your hangovers are

HANGOVER can be painful.

A pounding head, nausea and worry about what we may or may not have said the night before.

One expert has explained that the type of person you are could have an impact on how severe your hangover is


One expert has explained that the type of person you are could have an impact on how severe your hangover isPhoto credit: Getty

While your need to be near the toilet throughout the day is likely due to one too many glasses of wine, one expert has found that your personality type could also play a role.

Prof Craig Dunn, Lecturer in Psychological Sciences at Bristol University, said certain psychological characteristics could be linked to how a hangover is experienced.

The scientist highlighted previous research that found that neuroticism, a broad personality trait that causes people to view the world negatively, can predict hangover severity.

Prof Dunn said that extroversion (a personality trait usually characterized by being sociable and outgoing) is linked to binge drinking among college students – although it doesn’t appear to be linked to worse hangovers.

Anxiety, depression and stress are also linked to worse hangovers, he said, writing in The Conversation.

Each of these moods is associated with a “negative bias” — a tendency to interpret the world more negatively, he said.

“Our results show that hangovers tend to interpret the world more negatively. As a result, hangovers can reinforce this negative bias, making some people feel worse than others,” he added.

Severe hangovers, he added, could also be caused by how we handle certain situations.

Pain catastrophizing is a term used to refer to those who emphasize the negative experience of pain.

He added that research has also shown that people who score high on pain disasters also report more severe hangovers.

This suggests they are focusing on their negative symptoms — which could be making their hangover appear worse than it actually is.

Where to get help if you have a drinking problem

If you think you may have a problem with alcohol, you may need to seek help.

This may be the case if you often feel the need to have a drink or get into trouble because of your drinking.

If other people have warned you about your drink and it’s causing you problems, then your GP is a good place to start.

There are other places where you can get help:

“Other studies have also shown that people who tend to manage their problems by ignoring or denying them experience worse hangovers,” he said.

Emotion regulation is another important psychological mechanism that helps us deal with difficult situations, Prof. Gunn explained.

He said it works by effectively managing and responding to emotional experiences.

“Although hungover people report that it’s harder to regulate their emotions, this may not be the case — studies show that participants are just as good at controlling their emotional response as those who weren’t hungover.”

“This could mean that people choose simpler (but less effective) regulatory strategies during a hangover — such as avoiding feelings of guilt or shame. But that has yet to be determined,” he added.

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He added that one way to deal with a hangover is to “suffer together.”

He said studies have shown that connecting about your shared experience can be helpful in alleviating some of the negative emotional effects of a hangover.

https://www.the-sun.com/health/6947626/scientist-personality-affects-bad-hangovers/ I’m a scientist – here’s how your personality affects how bad your hangovers are

Emma James

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