Making INROADs: Interrupting the cycle of Anxiety and Drinking

February 2016

NDARC: Dr Lexine Stapinski (Research Fellow), Professor Maree Teesson (Professor)

Other investigators: 
  • Dr Jon Heron (Bristol University)
  • Prof Andrew Baillie (Macquarie University)
  • Prof Patricia Conrod (University of Montreal)
Other Collaborators: 
  • Dr Nicola Newton (NDARC, Senior Research Fellow)
  • Dr Cath Chapman (NDARC, Senior Research Fellow)
  • Prof Tim Slade (NDARC)
Project description: 

Anxiety and alcohol use disorders are among the most prevalent and debilitating of mental health disorders, and commonly co-occur. This project aims to address crucial questions about when and how to intervene to prevent the onset and exacerbation of alcohol and anxiety comorbidity. 

The transition into early adulthood is a unique developmental period, characterized by numerous personal and social role changes. Young adulthood also marks a period of increased vulnerability for onset of both anxiety and alcohol use disorders. The unique challenges of this early adulthood period combined with the emergence of anxiety and alcohol use disorder symptoms require a developmentally-targeted early intervention to empower young adults, enhance anxiety coping skills, and prevent the escalation of drinking.