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Papers: 9 Mar 2019 - 15 Mar 2019


Human Studies


Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse



Gender differences in associations between pain-related anxiety and alcohol use among adults with chronic pain.


Zale EL, LaRowe LR, Boissoneault J, Maisto SA, Ditre JW
Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2019; 45(5):479-487.
PMID: 30864852.


Over 100 million Americans live with chronic pain, and adults with chronic pain may be more likely to experience alcohol-related problems or Alcohol Use Disorder. An evolving conceptual model posits that bidirectional effects between pain and alcohol exacerbate both pain and drinking. Pain has been shown to motivate alcohol urge and consumption, and drinking for pain-coping predicts escalations in alcohol use over time. Pain-related anxiety is a transdiagnostic vulnerability factor that has been implicated in both pain and substance-related (i.e., tobacco, opioids, cannabis) outcomes, but has not yet been studied in relation to alcohol use.