About The Author

Kenneth is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Carleton College.

Might Accurate Heartbeat Perception Increase the Risk for Alcoholism?

Many individuals cope with anxiety by consuming alcohol. Because alcohol effectively reduces tension, the drinking is reinforced and, with time, alcoholism can result. In fact, adults with a panic disorder are about three times more likely than others to develop an alcohol use disorder. Still, much uncertainty exists about how alcohol dampens anxiety. A previously