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College Students Who Drink For Anxiety May Face Special Dangers

from University at Buffalo

A study conducted in the University at Buffalo Department of Psychology has found that college students who drink to cope with anxiety may experience more negative alcohol-related consequences than peers who drink for other reasons. Undergraduate Research Assistant Justin Kimber used data from a larger study by Jennifer Read, PhD, UB professor of psychology. That study was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Guided by Read, Kimber examined the pathway between Generalized Anxiety Disorder and drinking-to-cope behavior among college students relative to the number of negative alcohol-related consequences they reported. Such consequences include blacking out, lower grades, missing class, etc. more

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