Oct. 6, 2022 – One of the many things I have noticed about life after 40 is that even a single glass of wine can make me feel icky the next day. I wake up tired, foggy-headed and anxious — even more so than I usually do. Chardonnay, why do you fail me?

After conferring with friends, I discovered there’s a popular term for this mild alcohol-induced ennui — “hang-xiety.” It’s not an official diagnosis, but people sometimes use the word to describe the emotional plunge they feel after drinking that doesn’t quite constitute a proper hangover.

I find it happens after drinking very little, but experts who have looked at heavier drinking have made the same connection. Post-drinking mood-related issues such as anxiety are quite common, and even have been documented in the research literature. “I see this all the time, clinically,” said Dr. Judson Brewer, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist at the Brown University School of Public Health.