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NIAAA at 50: A Legacy of Advancing Alcohol Research

Collage with the logo 50 years of cutting edge research, surrounded by images of a child, a woman patient, young teens, and scientists in lab settings

Established in 1970, NIAAA today is the world’s largest funder of alcohol research—supporting innovative basic, translational, and clinical research to advance the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcohol use disorder (AUD) and alcohol-related problems.

NIAAA’s broad research portfolio addresses important public health issues that affect the lives of almost every family and community across America:

  • how alcohol misuse affects individuals and society;
  • how underage drinking impacts brain development in adolescents;
  • why some people develop alcohol use disorder; and
  • how we can improve prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Today we know more about how alcohol affects the brain and body than ever before, thanks largely to the determined and uncompromising efforts of the talented researchers supported by NIAAA. As NIAAA reflects on 50 successful years of alcohol research, the Institute is poised to build on the progress that has been made to gain greater insights for the future.  This page will continue to provide updates on 50th Anniversary-related activities and resources.

Read the NIAAA Spectrum special feature: 
NIAAA at 50: A Legacy of Advancing Alcohol Research – Reflections on Five Decades of Innovation and Progress