The latest issue of NIAAA Spectrum is now available. In this issue:

Feature

"Alcohol and "Deaths of Despair"
In 2015, Princeton University economists Anne Case, Ph.D., and Angus Deaton, Ph.D., reported something unexpected. After decreasing since the end of World War II, rates of death began to increase in the United States for people in some groups. The rise in deaths was driven primarily by drug and alcohol overdoses, suicides, and liver disease. 

 

Noteworthy

New and Updated NIAAA Publications
NIAAA recently released new publications on topics of increased interest from the media and general public, as well as visitors to the NIAAA exhibit booth at professional meetings.

 

NIAAA@ Work

Training Tomorrow's Alcohol Researchers
Each summer, NIAAA’s Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research (DICBR) hosts high school, college, and graduate students from across the nation. These student-trainees work in the DICBR laboratories, gain research skills, and receive mentoring from NIAAA researchers.

 

Spotlight

The Complex Relationship Between Alcohol and Pain
The relationship between alcohol and pain is a complicated one. It is a common belief that alcohol dulls pain, yet research shows that sometimes alcohol can make pain worse.

 

News From the Field

Stepped Alcohol Treatment Improves HIV and Alcohol Outcomes
Increasing the intensity of treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD) over the time course of treatment reduces alcohol consumption among people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and AUD, according to new clinical research supported by NIAAA.

 

5 Questions With...

Mark Egli, Ph.D.
Deputy Director of the Division of Neuroscience and Behavior