New Discovery: Anxiety and Mood Disorders Exacerbate Alcohol Symptoms, Even with Same Drinking Levels

Did you know that people with anxiety and major depressive disorders may experience more alcohol-related symptoms, even when drinking the same amount as those without these disorders? This interesting finding suggests that individuals with anxiety or mood disorders are more likely to develop an alcohol use disorder. The study also highlights the importance of considering internalizing disorders as a known marker for potential alcohol-related harm. It indicates the need to adjust “safe” drinking recommendations for people with anxiety or mood disorders. These conditions often co-occur due to shared neurobiological mechanisms, which increase the risk of developing the other in the future.

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