Alcohol Drinking | Retraining Attention to Treat Alcohol Dependence and Social Anxiety

Alcohol Drinking research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The purpose of this research is to test a computerized intervention for people with co-occurring social anxiety and alcohol dependence. The intervention seeks to reduce symptoms by shifting attention away from alcohol-relevant and/or socially threatening cues. The investigators expect that participants receiving alcohol or anxiety training will experience reductions in those specific symptoms compared to participants in a control condition. The investigators also expect that participants receiving combined alcohol and anxiety training will show the largest reductions in alcohol and anxiety symptoms, relative to participants in any other condition.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Current alcohol dependence - Elevated social anxiety symptoms - Willingness to consider cutting down on drinking Exclusion Criteria: - Current psychosis - Unmanaged manic symptoms - Significant cognitive impairment - Other drug use in past month - Receiving cognitive behavioral therapy for alcohol use disorder or social anxiety - Unable to read

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Alcohol Drinking

Anxiety Disorders

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Behavioral:Anxiety Attention TrainingAnxiety Attention Training will preferentially direct participants' attention away from reminders of anxiety.

Behavioral:Alcohol Attention TrainingAlcohol Attention Training will preferentially direct participants' attention away from reminders of alcohol.

Behavioral:Control TrainingPlacebo Anxiety Training and Placebo Alcohol Training will not preferentially direct participants' attention away from reminders of anxiety or alcohol.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Anxiety Attention Training onlyParticipants will receive Anxiety Attention Training and placebo Alcohol training.

Alcohol Attention Training onlyParticipants will receive Alcohol Attention Training and placebo Anxiety training.

Anxiety + Alcohol Attention TrainingParticipants will receive both Anxiety Attention Training and Alcohol Attention Training.

Control TrainingParticipants will receive placebo Anxiety Training and placebo Alcohol training.

Study Status


Start Date: July 2013

Completed Date: December 2014

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale

Secondary Outcome:

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Joshua C Magee, Ph.D.

Lead Sponsor: University of Cincinnati

Collaborator: Miami University

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