Examining Daily Associations Between Mental Health Symptoms and Simultaneous Alcohol and Marijuana Use and Consequences Among Young Adults
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Researchers examined daily associations between mental health symptoms (i.e., depression and anxiety symptoms) and simultaneous alcohol and marijuana (SAM) use and use-related negative consequences among 409 young adults ages of 18–25. Daily mental health symptoms were not associated with the likelihood of SAM use. However, baseline SAM coping motives moderated the association between mental health symptoms and use such that young adults with stronger coping motives showed a stronger association between mental health symptoms and SAM use. The findings highlighted the potential importance of prevention and intervention strategies, particularly on days when young adults are experiencing increased mental health symptoms.
This paper, “Examining daily associations between mental health symptoms and simultaneous alcohol and marijuana use and consequences among young adults,” was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and published in the journal Psychology of addictive behaviors.