Alcohol abuse among clinically anxious patients

Bruce A. Thyer, Richard T. Parrish, Joseph Himle, Oliver G. Cameron, George C. Curtis, Randolph M. Nesse

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Of 156 patients meeting DSM-III criteria for either agoraphobia with panic attacks, panic disorder, simple or social phobia, or generalized anxiety disorder, 27 (17.3%) were found to score in the alcoholic range (≥ 5) on the Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test. This pattern of alcohol abuse was primarily associated with the diagnosis of agoraphobia. Agoraphobic patients with a concurrent affective disorder were especially prone to abuse alcohol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-359
Number of pages3
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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