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The NIAAA is the lead agency for U.S. research on the causes, consequences, prevention and treatment of alcohol use disorder and alcohol-related problems.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Major Initiatives

NIAAA’s major initiatives seek to address alcohol-related issues across the lifespan.
Our aim is to reduce the tremendous burden of illness resulting from the misuse of alcohol by:

  • Preventing children and adolescents from beginning and continuing to drink alcohol
  • Offering effective intervention for problem alcohol use at all ages

To accomplish this, we support research in areas ranging from basic science to clinical studies and from genetics to neuroscience to epidemiology.

Major Initiatives we support include:




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