The National Consortium on Alcohol and Neurodevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA) Concept Clearance
Benjamin Xu, Ph.D., Division of Neuroscience and Behavior Purpose The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) seeks to continue the National Consortium on Alcohol and Neurodevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA), a nation-wide consortium of five research project sites to study the impact of alcohol drinking on brain structure and function during adolescence and into early adulthood. Background Adolescent or...

Directors Reports

NIAAA Director's Report on Institute Activities to the 156th Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Virtual Meeting Table of Contents IN MEMORIAM NIAAA BUDGET NIAAA DIRECTOR'S ACTIVITIES STAFF TRANSITIONS RECENTLY ISSUED FUNDING OPPORTUNITYANNOUNCEMENTS NOTABLE NIAAA STAFF ACTIVITIES WHAT'S AHEAD? NI RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS NIAAA COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC LIAISON ACTIVITIES IN MEMORIAM Kathleen (Kathy) Carroll, Ph.D., passed away in December 2020. Dr. Carroll was a clinical scientist in the Yale Department of Psychiatry who made seminal contributions...
Understanding Alcohol Use Disorder
Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a medical condition characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences. It encompasses the conditions that some people refer to as alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence, alcohol addiction, and the colloquial term, alcoholism. Considered a brain disorder, AUD can be mild, moderate, or severe. Lasting changes...
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NIAAA Director's Report on Institute Activities to the 155th Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Virtual Meeting Table of Contents NIAAA BUDGET DIRECTOR'S ACTIVITIES NIAAA COMMITMENT TO REDRESSING INEQUITITES IN THE RESEARCH COMMUNITY NIAAA COVID-19 RESPONSE STAFF TRANSITIONS RECENTLY ISSUED FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS NOTABLE NIAAA STAFF ACTIVITIES WHAT'S AHEAD? NIH RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS NIAAA COMMUNICATIONS ACTIVITIES NIAAA BUDGET Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 In FY 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) received a total of $41.6...
Introduction
Alcohol is part of our society. People use it to celebrate, socialize, relax, and enhance the enjoyment of meals. Nearly 90 percent of adults in the United States report that they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime, and more than half report drinking in the last month.1 Although most people drink in moderation, nearly 40 percent of U.S...
Goal 1: Basic Science
Goal 1: Identify Mechanisms of Alcohol Action, Alcohol-Related Pathology, and Recovery Basic research is the foundation for medical advancement, and it is integral to NIAAA’s mission to reduce the public health burden associated with alcohol misuse. Through research, great strides have been made in understanding the mechanisms by which alcohol exerts its effects on human health and behavior. Breakthroughs in...

Directors Reports

NIAAA Director's Report on Institute Activities to the 155th Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Virtual Meeting Table of Contents NIAAA BUDGET DIRECTOR'S ACTIVITIES NIAAA COMMITMENT TO REDRESSING INEQUITITES IN THE RESEARCH COMMUNITY NIAAA COVID-19 RESPONSE STAFF TRANSITIONS RECENTLY ISSUED FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS NOTABLE NIAAA STAFF ACTIVITIES WHAT'S AHEAD? NIH RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS NIAAA COMMUNICATIONS ACTIVITIES NIAAA BUDGET Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 In FY 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) received a total of $41.6...

Binge Drinking
What Is Binge Drinking? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking alcohol that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 percent—or 0.08 grams of alcohol per deciliter—or higher. For a typical adult, this pattern of alcohol misuse corresponds to consuming 4 or more drinks (female), or 5 or more drinks (male)...
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Advisory Council Minutes

Minutes of the 153rd Meeting of the NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM 153rd Meeting of the NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM February 6, 2020 The National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) convened for its 153rd meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at NIAAA headquarters in Rockville...

Advisory Council Minutes

Minutes of the 152nd Meeting of the NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM 152nd Meeting of the NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM September 12, 2019 Bethesda. Maryland​ The National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) convened for its 152nd meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at NIAAA headquarters...

Directors Reports

NIAAA Director's Report on Institute Activities to the 153rd Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Table of Contents NIAAA BUDGET DIRECTOR'S ACTIVITIES STAFF TRANSITIONS HONORS & AWARDS RECENTLY ISSUED FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS NOTABLE NIAAA STAFF ACTIVITIES WHAT'S AHEAD? NIH RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS NIAAA COMMUNICATIONS ACTIVITIES IN MEMORIAL Dr. Richard Veech, Chief of NIAAA’s Intramural Laboratory of Metabolic Control, passed away last week. He was a world-renowned scientist with expertise in cellular energy metabolism. He is also...

Advisory Council Minutes

Minutes of the Seventh Joint Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse, and National Cancer Advisory Board

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Minutes of the Seventh Joint Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse, and National Cancer Advisory Board May 15, 2019 Bethesda, Maryland Members of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Advisory Council on Drug...

Advisory Council Minutes

Minutes of the 151st Meeting of the NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM 151st Meeting of the NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM May 14, 2019 Bethesda. Maryland​ The National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) convened for its 151st meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at NIAAA headquarters...

Directors Reports

NIAAA Director's Report on Institute Activities to the 152nd Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Table of Contents NIAAA BUDGET COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH ON ADDICTION AT NIH (CRAN) UPDATE DIRECTOR'S ACTIVITIES STAFF TRANSITIONS HONORS & AWARDS RECENTLY ISSUED FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS NOTABLE NIAAA STAFF ACTIVITIES WHAT'S AHEAD? NIH RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS NIAAA COMMUNICATIONS ACTIVITIES NIAAA BUDGET Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is currently closing out FY 2019. In FY...
Interrupted Memories: Alcohol-Induced Blackouts
Drinking to the point of a blackout has gained pop culture notoriety in recent years. Alcohol-induced blackouts can lead to impaired memory of events that transpired while intoxicated, and a drastically increased risk of injuries and other harms. They can occur in anyone who drinks alcohol, no matter their age or level of experience with drinking. In this factsheet, we...
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Advisory Council Minutes

Minutes of the 150th Meeting of the NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM 150th Meeting of the NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM February 7, 2019 The National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) convened for its 150th meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at NIAAA headquarters in Rockville...

Directors Reports

NIAAA Director's Report on Institute Activities to the 151st Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Table of Contents NIAAA BUDGET COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH ON ADDICTION AT NIH (CRAN) UPDATE DIRECTOR'S ACTIVITIES STAFF TRANSITIONS HONORS & AWARDS RECENTLY ISSUED FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NOTICES NOTABLE NIAAA STAFF ACTIVITIES WHAT'S AHEAD NIAAA RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS NIAAA COMMUNICATIONS ACTIVITIES NIAAA BUDGET Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 On September 28, 2018, the President signed H.R.6157 - Department of Defense and Labor, Health...
Women and Alcohol
Research shows that alcohol use and misuse among women are increasing. While alcohol misuse by anyone presents serious public health concerns, women who drink have a higher risk of certain alcohol-related problems compared to men.
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Understanding the Dangers of Alcohol Overdose
An alcohol overdose occurs when there is so much alcohol in the bloodstream that areas of the brain controlling basic life-support functions—such as breathing, heart rate, and temperature control—begin to shut down. Symptoms of alcohol overdose include mental confusion, difficulty remaining conscious, vomiting, seizure, trouble breathing, slow heart rate, clammy skin, dulled responses such as no gag reflex (which prevents choking), and extremely low body temperature. Alcohol overdose can lead to permanent brain damage or death.
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Underage Drinking
Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in the United States. Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth, and drinking by young people poses enormous health and safety risks.
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