Anxiety is not only detrimental to an individual’s mental health. It may fuel substance abuse in young adults. Teenagers have been known to consume alcohol to cope with anxiety, and experts recently conducted a study to pinpoint the rate at which adolescents drink.
Sari Fröjd from the University of Tampere and other Finnish researchers followed more than 2,000 teens between the ages of 15 and 16 for two years, according to My Health News Daily. Approximately 65 percent of the adolescents with anxiety disorders who drank regularly continued to do so after the two years concluded. More than 55 percent of individuals who did not suffer from anxiety drank at a lower rate than their peers.
Fröjd told the news source that the study was based around this age group because mental health rapidly changes during this period of growth. The experts noted that depression and anxiety often resulted from peer pressure. The stress that comes from friends can cause lasting negative health effects.
Approximately three-quarters of individuals with anxiety disorders will show signs by age 21, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Drug rehab programs can help teens who have become dependent on alcohol as a result of this condition.