alexa Self-medication in social phobia: a review of the alcohol literature.


Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

Author(s): Carrigan MH, Randall CL

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Abstract It is well documented that many individuals endorse the belief that alcohol reduces social anxiety. Individuals with social phobia, therefore, might be expected to use alcohol as a coping strategy in an attempt at self-medication. The purpose of the present paper was to review the published literature on the relationship between alcohol use and social phobia to test the self-medication hypothesis (SMH). Support for one aspect of the SMH was found; individuals with social phobia use alcohol to reduce anxiety. Support for the second premise, that alcohol actually reduces social anxiety, was less conclusive.
This article was published in Addict Behav and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

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