NIAAA Spectrum is the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's (NIAAA) triannual webzine. With engaging feature articles, short news updates, and colorful graphics, NIAAA Spectrum offers accessible and relevant information on NIAAA and the alcohol research field. The latest issue is now available

In This Issue

Advances in Understanding and Addressing Underage Drinking

Combating underage drinking is a major public health priority, as alcohol use by young people increases the likelihood of short- and long-term consequences, including altered brain development, academic problems, sexually transmitted infections, physical and sexual assault, traffic crashes, injuries, overdoses, and alcohol use disorder (AUD). More...

Advancing Alcoholic Hepatitis Research 

Breakthroughs in neuroscience have firmly established our understanding of alcohol use disorder (AUD) as a chronic brain disease. But when it comes to the adverse health effects of alcohol, the brain is not the only game in town. More...

Noteworthy

NIAAA Holds Working Group Meeting on High-Intensity Drinking

To help better understand and address a dangerous pattern of drinking in the United States, NIAAA convened the first meeting of the High-Intensity Drinking Working Group on October 10, 2018.

NIAAA @Work

Laboratory of Neuroimaging

Min Guo, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, works in the radiosynthesis lab at the NIAAA Laboratory of Neuroimaging.

By the Numbers

Underage Drinking in the United States, 1998-2018

The findings of the Monitoring the Future survey, which is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, have demonstrated a decline in underage drinking.

News From the Field

Mother's Immune Profile May Influence Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Outcome

A new study has found that alcohol use during pregnancy can affect a woman’s immune system in ways that may predict her child’s neurodevelopmental outcome.

Prenatal Choline May Ameliorate Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

Prenatal supplements with the nutrient choline may help protect against alcohol-related deficits in children born to women who drink alcohol during pregnancy, according to a small clinical trial supported by NIAAA.

5 Questions With...

Svetlana Radaeva, Ph.D.

Program Director for Alcohol-Associated Liver Disease—Mechanism and Treatment, Division of Metabolism and Health Effects