Randomised controlled trial of treatment for alcohol use problems and social phobia

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Alcohol use problems and social anxiety are common and disabling conditions that frequently co-occur.  Although there are efficacious treatments for each disorder, little is known about the best way to treat these problems when they co-exist.  Our team has developed an integrated treatment combining CBT and motivational interviewing to simultaneously address social anxiety and alcohol use disorders, and the interconnections between these problems. A randomised controlled trial of this treatment was conducted with individuals with both social anxiety and alcohol use disorder. The aim was to determine whether combined treatment would result in greater improvement in symptoms of social anxiety, alcohol use disorder or quality of life compared to CBT for alcohol alone.


Stapinski, L. et al (2015) The Clinical and Theoretical Basis for Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Comorbid Social Anxiety and Alcohol Use Disorders, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, doi:10.1016/j.cbpra.2014.05.004

Baillie, A. et al (2013) An investigator-blinded, randomized study to compare the efficacy of combined CBT for alcohol use disorders and social anxiety disorder versus CBT focused on alcohol alone in adults with comorbid disorders: the Combined Alcohol Social Phobia (CASP) trial protocol, BMC Psychiatry, doi:10.1186/1471-244X-13-199

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Dr Lexine Stapinski
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National Health and Medical Research Council
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Dr Claudia Sannibale, Prof Ronald Rapee, Mirjana Subotic

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