Help our research into alcohol hangovers and the management of emotions

We're looking for volunteers to take part in a study that explores the effects of a hangover on management of emotions.

Background to study

We're exploring how an alcohol hangover may influence adults who drink socially.

Hangovers produce symptoms which affect a person physically (nausea) as well as mentally (concentration problems). Hangovers can also influence the way we process information, as well as the way we feel, such as increasing anxiety.

Little is known as to how hangover may influence emotion regulation; the way we influence our emotional experiences and how they are expressed.


We are looking for social drinkers who regularly experience hangovers.

To take part you must:

  • regularly drink around 6 units of alcohol (female), or 8 units of alcohol (male) on one occasion 1
  • have experienced a hangover in the last month
  • be aged between 18 to 30 years
  • be in good physical and mental health
  • have English as first language or equivalent level of fluency
  • be a non-smoker (less than 100 cigarettes in your lifetime)
  • normal or corrected to normal vision
  • not be pregnant or breast feeding
  • not have taken medication (except birth control pill) or recreational drugs in the past 30 days
  • not drink more than 4 cups coffee or other caffeinated drinks per day
  • not have a current or past history of alcohol or drug dependency, or family history of dependency
  • not currently have a diagnosed sleep disorder

What’s involved in the study?

The study involves attending two testing sessions in a location open to the general public, like a coffee shop or Graduate Commons. Each session will take around 30 minutes.

One of the testing sessions will be arranged for a morning where it is likely you will be experiencing a hangover. During these sessions you will be asked to complete:

  • some questionnaires
  • a computerised task designed to measure your ability to manage emotions

What you'll get for taking part

You will be reimbursed for your time and as a gesture of thanks for taking part.

Take part in this study

Contact us if you'd like to take part in this research.

1 1 unit of alcohol = 1 single measure (25ml) of a spirit such as whisky, vodka etc., 125ml of 8% strength wine or ½ pint of 3.5% strength larger or beer.

All information and data provided will remain strictly confidential and all reports will be anonymised.

This research has been approved by the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee (reference 18-086).