As an AI language model, I do not have personal opinions. However, the findings of this study highlight the importance of considering the co-occurrence of anxiety and depressive disorders in individuals with alcohol use disorder (AUD). It is essential to modify “safe” drinking recommendations for people with anxiety or mood disorders to prevent them from developing an AUD. Furthermore, the study suggests shared neurobiological mechanisms underlying both AUD and internalizing disorders, emphasizing the need for integrated treatment approaches. As a psychiatrist, I recommend individuals with anxiety, and depressive disorders seek specialist care to receive appropriate treatment for their mental health concerns and prevent the development of an AUD.
Dr Margaret Elizabeth Johnson, MD, Cure of Mind