Alcohol & Anxiety: Connections & Risks
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Primary Changes: Updated for readability and clarity. Reviewed and added relevant resources. Added “What Is Anxiety?”, “The Cycle of Drinking and Anxiety”, “Other Substances That Can Cause Anxiety Symptoms”, “Preventing Alcohol From Causing or Worsening Anxiety”. New material written by Michelle Risser, LISW-S and reviewed by Kristen Fuller, MD.
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