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Individuals with panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, and generalized anxiety disorder may abuse alcohol in an attempt to cope with their condition, as reported in an article in AboutHealth.  The article reviews different theories to explain this correlation such as self-medication of the anxiety disorder with alcohol and a common genetic link between anxiety disorders and substance use disorders.   The relationship between the different anxiety disorders and alcohol is explored in the article, and the negative spiral between alcohol abuse and anxiety is nicely described.  To read this article in its entirety, click here.