Alcohol and drug abuse is often associated with anxiety disorders, but which came first? A study of 34,653 adults followed for 3 years may help answer this question. Participants having anxiety disorder at the beginning of the study and self-medicated with alcohol and/or drugs, were 2.5 times as likely to develop alcohol abuse, and had a five fold risk of drug abuse problems within three years. These substances tend to weaken the ability to deal with life issues by making sound, reasonable choices--thus compounding stressful life situations.
PositiveTip: Suffering from anxiety and stress? Avoid self-medication, seek wise counsel and support from others, and choose to live a balanced, healthful lifestyle.