University of Cincinnatti professor of psychology, Giao Tran, recently presented findings of a small study investigating the effect of coping skills for social anxiety on alcohol consumption among college students.
Dr. Tran reports that students who abuse alcohol face problems in four areas:
- neglecting responsibilities such as school and work
- dangerous behavior (e.g., drinking and driving)
- interpersonal problems (getting in arguments or fights)
- legal problems
The results of the study showed that up to four months later, students were drinking less, were not as fearful about being judged negatively by others, and were more confident about turning down alcohol. The bottom line -- if you are a college student with social anxiety and problems with alcohol, obtaining treatment to combat your social anxiety may have the added effect of curbing your alcohol intake.