While using a depressant temporarily reduces anxiety, long term anxiety management with booze reduces our other coping skills so anxiety increases when not intoxicated. Quitting drinking may not solve anxiety caused by other issues, but drinking to solve problems just creates more and more problems while stunting our growth in certain areas that are generally essential to good living. Coping skills are developed and require learning and practice. Many of us started drinking before we started being adults. If so we may need to rethink our approach to adulthood when we quit drinking. Some anxiety is brain or emotion issues but some is just the result of repeating poor choices that lead to the same stressful and unrewarding outcomes.