From the September 2019 magazine.

Alcoholism At Large

Social anxiety and alcoholism
New research suggests that social anxiety disorder may have a direct effect on alcoholism. In the study, researchers assessed alcoholism, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and agoraphobia through interviews with 2,801 adult Norwegian twins.

Social anxiety disorder had the strongest association with alcoholism, and it predicted alcoholism over and above the effect of other anxiety disorders. The findings suggest that interventions aimed at prevention or treatment of social anxiety disorder may have an additional beneficial effect of preventing alcoholism.

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