A New Treatment Strategy for Alcohol-Associated Liver Disease
Alcohol is involved in nearly half of all liver disease deaths in the United States each year. Alcohol-associated liver disease (AALD) now replaces hepatitis C viral infection as the lead cause of liver transplantation due to chronic liver disease. Consequently, there is an urgent need for effective interventions for AALD, a complex disease with multiple contributing factors. One of these factors is the change in the levels and types of bacteria in the gut (known as gut microbiota) that occurs as a result of chronic alcohol misuse. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - June 6, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Katherine Source Type: news

Now Online: Director ’s Report and NIAAA Spectrum
The Director ’s Report to the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism isnow available online. In addition, check out themost recent issue of the NIAAA Spectrum. The current issue includes: A feature about alcohol treatment; (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - May 22, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Katherine Source Type: news

Integrated stepped alcohol treatment for people in HIV care improves both HIV and alcohol outcomes
New clinical research supported by the National Institutes of Health shows that increasing the intensity of treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD) over time improves alcohol-related outcomes among people with HIV. This stepped approach to AUD treatment also improves HIV-related disease measures in this patient population.   A report of the new study, led by researchers at Yale University, is now online inThe Lancet HIV. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - May 17, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Katherine Source Type: news

NIAAA-Supported Research: State policies that regulate alcohol/drug use during pregnancy cause worse birth outcomes, increase public health costs
A new study finds that several state-level policies targeting alcohol and drug use during pregnancy lead to greater numbers of low birthweight and preterm births, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars more in public health spending each year.  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - May 13, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Katherine Source Type: news

NIAAA Honors Dr. Geoffrey K. Mumford with Senator Harold Hughes Award
Geoffrey K. Mumford, Ph.D., Associate Executive Director for Government Relations in the Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association (APA), received the Senator Harold Hughes Memorial Award today from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health. NIAAA Director George F. Koob, Ph.D., announced the Institute ’s selection during the 151st meeting of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - May 13, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Katherine Source Type: news

Changing Alcohol Use and ER Visits
Join us for a webinar on Apr 10, 2019 at 2:00 PM EDT.Register now!Among adults 18 and older, alcohol use is increasing, particularly for females. Alcohol use among middle- and high-school students is declining, but primarily for young males. Previously large gaps in alcohol use for teen males and females have disappeared. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 2, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Katherine Source Type: news

NIH-funded rodent study finds molecular link between adolescent alcohol use and adult anxiety
 New preclinical research in rats has identified a link between adolescent alcohol exposure and specific molecular changes in the brain that contribute to increased anxiety in adulthood. A large body of evidence demonstrates a strong relationship between alcohol and anxiety problems in humans.  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - March 8, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Katherine Source Type: news

NIH study of brain energy patterns provides new insights into alcohol effects
Assessing the patterns of energy use and neuronal activity simultaneously in the human brain improves our understanding of how alcohol affects the brain, according to new research by scientists at the National Institutes of Health. The new approach for characterizing brain energetic patterns could also be useful for studying other neuropsychiatric diseases. A report of the findings is now online in  Nature Communications.  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - March 1, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

New Issue of NIAAA Spectrum is Now Available!
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 IssueAdvances in Understanding and Addressing Underage Drinking (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 20, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Katherine Source Type: news

Transcript available for National Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day 2019
Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day is  an annual live online chat held between high school students and NIH scientists. Chat Day is part ofNational Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®. During Chat Day students have the opportunity to ask the questions they most want answers to about drugs, alcohol, and drug use, including drug and alcohol effects, how to help friends or family, and what causes addiction.    (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 12, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Upcoming Advisory Council Meeting
The Open Session of the  National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism will take place on February 7, 2019 from 10 AM - 3 PM. You canview the agenda for more details and tune in to the webcast if you can't make it in person.   (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 6, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Katherine Source Type: news

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
Get ready! Jan. 22-27, 2019 is National Drug& Alcohol Facts Week ®. Take a quick look at this promotional video to learn what you need to do to get ready for your NDAFW event! Then learn more at https://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-alcohol-facts-week/learn-about-ndafw.  Help shatter the myths about drugs and alcohol. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - January 3, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Katherine Source Type: news

ABCD study completes enrollment, announces opportunities for scientific engagement
The National Institutes of Health announced today that enrollment for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study is now complete and, in early 2019, scientists will have access to baseline data from all ABCD Study participants.There are 11,874 youth, ages 9-10, participating in the study, including 2,100 young people who are twins or triplets. All will be followed through young adulthood.    (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - December 3, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Katherine Source Type: news

Registration opens for National Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day 2019
Registration is now open for the 12th annual National Drugs& Alcohol Chat Day, a live web chat between high school teenagers and addiction and mental health scientists. Chat Day will be held on January 24, during  National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, which runs from January 22 –27, 2019. Registrations are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to the first 100 high schools that sign up. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - November 30, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Registration opens for 2019 National Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day
Registration is now open for the 12th annual National Drugs& Alcohol Chat Day, a live web chat between high school teenagers and addiction and mental health scientists. Chat Day will be held on January 24, during  National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, which runs from January 22 –27, 2019. Registrations are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to the first 100 high schools that sign up. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - November 30, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Dr. Philip A. May to Deliver 23rd Annual Mark Keller Honorary Lecture at the National Institutes of Health
 What:The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, announces that Philip A. May, Ph.D., will deliver the 23rd Annual Mark Keller Honorary Lecture. The title of his presentation is “Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Characteristics and Correlates.”  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - November 23, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Kimberly Source Type: news

In Memoriam: Dr. Ting-Kai Li, former NIAAA Director
With deep  sadness, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) community mourns the passing of Ting-Kai Li, M.D., a renowned scientist who served as the Institute's director from 2002 to 2008.   Dr. Li died on November 18, 2018, at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina.  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - November 21, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIDA-NIAAA 2018 Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research
Media Advisory:  Society for Neuroscience satellite meeting explores notable research in addiction ranging from data science to early life adversity impact on substance use disorders to opioid receptor function and pain (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - October 29, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Join Us October 25 for a Twitter Chat on Alcohol and Youth
Join the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (@NIAAAnews) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (@ASAMorg) as we discuss risk factors for alcohol problems among youth.What should people with a family history of alcohol use disorder (AUD) know?How can clinicians help prevent problems before they start?And what does the most recent research reveal about AUD risk factors and prevention?When: October 25, 1-2 p.m. ETHashtag: #AlcoholYouthChat (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - October 23, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Katherine Source Type: news

Dr. Peter M. Monti to Deliver 10th Annual Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture at the National Institutes of Health
What:The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, announces that Peter M. Monti, Ph.D., will deliver the 10th Annual Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture. The title of his presentation is “Alcohol Misuse and HIV: Biology, Beliefs and Behavior.”  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - October 17, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIAAA Director's Blog: Raising Awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
From the latestNIAAA Director's Blog:Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, also known as FASD, is a term that refers to the broad range of lifelong birth defects and neurodevelopmental abnormalities that occur as a result of prenatal alcohol exposure. In this edition of my blog, I want to remind everyone that there is no known safe level of alcohol, or time to drink, during pregnancy.  Read more... (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - October 1, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Now online: New Director's Report and the Fall 2018 issue of the NIAAA Spectrum
The NIAAA Director ’s Report to the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for September 13, 2018, is now online atwww.niaaa.nih.gov/about-niaaa/our-work/advisory-council/directors-reports-council/niaaa-directors-report-institute-19 In addition, the most recent issue of the NIAAA Spectrum is now available atwww.spectrum.niaaa.nih.gov.  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - September 28, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Join Us for a Twitter Chat on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
On Thursday, September  27, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, NIAAA will co-host a Twitter chat with the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS). For more information, follow@NIAAAnews on Twitter. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - September 5, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

September 9 is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day
Alcohol is now recognized as the leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disorders in the United States. Each year thousands of children are born with life-long disabilities because they were exposed to alcohol prenatally. On September 9th, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recognizes International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day as a reminder that there is no “safe” level of drinking while pregnant.  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - September 5, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Event Registration Opens Today for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week
Observance to be held January 22-27, 2019, with new resources for parents and educators. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - August 30, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Researchers identify key brain circuits for reward-seeking and avoidance behavior
Previously unrecognized pathways in mice have relevance for mental health and addiction research (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - August 22, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIAAA is on Instagram (@NIAAAnews)
This month saw the launch of NIAAA ’s official Instagram account:https://www.instagram.com/niaaanews/ Throughout the year the site will feature graphics on NIAAA ’s research and alcohol-related health messages. The account joins NIAAA ’s Twitter account, launched in 2010:https://twitter.com/NIAAAnews Follow us on both for the latest NIAAA info. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - July 9, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Director's Blog: In Summer, Play it Safe - Think before You Drink
Read the latest blog from NIAAA Director Dr. George F. Koob.  Visit  https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/directors-blog    (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - June 8, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

CRAN Blog — Raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products: Lessons learned from alcohol
A new blog on theCollaborative Research on Addiction at NIH (CRAN) website spotlights: "Raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products: Lessons learned from alcohol. "    (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - May 31, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Spring 2018 issue of the NIAAA Spectrum now online
The most recent issue of the NIAAA Spectrum is now published athttps://www.spectrum.niaaa.nih.gov. The current issue includes:Features about new prevalence estimates of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and about alcohol and adolescent brain development (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - May 24, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

View the NIAAA Director's Report to the Advisory Council
The NIAAA Director's Report on Institute Activities to the 148th Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is online at  www.niaaa.nih.gov/about-niaaa/our-work/advisory-council/directors-reports-council/niaaa-directors-report-institute-18.      (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - May 18, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

#AddictionChat: Twitter Chat, April 25, 2018
April is Alcohol Awareness Month and a good time for a Twitter chat on alcohol and other substance use disorders, including those involving opioids, tobacco, and other substances. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 18, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Tina Source Type: news

Lack of sleep may be linked to risk factor for Alzheimer ’s disease
Preliminary NIH study shows increased levels of beta-amyloid  Losing just one night of sleep led to an immediate increase in beta-amyloid, a protein in the brain associated with Alzheimer ’s disease, according to a small, new study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. In Alzheimer’s disease, beta-amyloid proteins clump together to form amyloid plaques, a hallmark of the disease.  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 13, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Tina Source Type: news

Teleconference: Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Among U.S. Children
On February 14, 2018, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) held a call to discuss the findings and implications of a study on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) prevalence that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association.     To hear the complete teleconference, visit  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1NiekmT828&feature=youtu.be  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 9, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIAAA Director ’s Blog: Alcohol Awareness Month – A Time to Learn About Alcohol Use Disorder and Ways to Get Help
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a good time to reflect on our drinking patterns and the role that alcohol plays in our lives.  How do you know if drinking alcohol has become a problem for you or a loved one? And where do you go for help if it has?See the most recentNIAAA Director ’s Blog for ways to learn about Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and ways that you can find help —visitwww.niaaa.nih.gov/directors-blog. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 5, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Tina Source Type: news

NIAAA Spectrum: Blackouts —Drowning Memories With Alcohol
Alcohol-induced memory loss for events that transpired while intoxicated —also known as a blackout —has achieved pop culture notoriety in recent years through social media and other outlets, especially among young adults. Given the focus on blackouts, a sober look at this all too common but dangerous consequence of alcohol misuse is in order.  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 3, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Today: FDA, NIAAA, AASLD Workshop: Clinical Trial Design and Endpoints for Alcoholic Hepatitis and other Alcohol-Associated Liver Diseases, March 26-27
Call in information for watching the workshop remotely:  https://collaboration.fda.gov/greatv/ - FDA, NIAAA, AASLD Workshop: Clinical Trial Design and Endpoints for Alcoholic Hepatitis and other Alcohol-Associated Liver Diseases (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - March 26, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIH News: A third of young adults have ridden with an impaired driver, NIH analysis suggests
(Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - March 19, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Register for the FDA, NIAAA, AASLD Workshop: Clinical Trial Design and Endpoints for Alcoholic Hepatitis and other Alcohol-Associated Liver Diseases, March 26-27
The purpose of thisworkshop is to address challenges related to clinical trial designs and drug development in Alcoholic Associated Liver Disease (AALD) and Alcoholic Hepatitis (AH) including populations to study, endpoints, and diagnostic criteria.  For additional details visit https://niaaa.nih.gov/alcoholic-hepatitis-workshop-fda-niaaa-aasld   (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 22, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIAAA Spectrum: NIAAA Scientists Provide More Evidence that Binge Drinking May Indicate Vulnerability to Alcohol Use Disorder
An NIAAA study shows that people who drink socially and have certain risk factors for alcohol use disorder (AUD) self-administer more alcohol and at a faster rate during a single laboratory session of alcohol consumption than people at low risk for developing AUD. Participants with all three risk factors evaluated in this study —being male, having a family history of AUD, and having higher impulsivity behaviors—had the highest rates of binge drinking. The findings suggest that people at risk for AUD have different drinking patterns than those at low risk. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 15, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Kimberly Source Type: news

NIAAA Spectrum: Anti-Smoking Medication May Reduce Alcohol Craving
Varenicline, an anti-smoking medication, may reduce craving for alcohol in people who drink heavily and for people with alcohol use disorder (AUD) who are also depressed, according to two recent studies. The research, funded by NIAAA and led by Sherry McKee, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, provides more evidence that varenicline may be a potential treatment for AUD. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 15, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Kimberly Source Type: news

NIH releases first dataset from unprecedented study of adolescent brain development
More than 7,500 children recruited for study to date; data available for first 4,500 (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 13, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Join us for a Teleconference on FASD Prevalence - February 14
Teleconference on New Study -- Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Among U.S. Children What:NIAAA is holding a call to discuss the findings and implications of the Feb. 6 study on FASD prevalence that appeared in theJournal of the American Medical Association. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 8, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Join us for a Teleconference on FASD Prevalence among US Children -- Feb. 14, 2 pm
Teleconference on New Study -- Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Among U.S. Children What:NIAAA is holding a call to discuss the findings and implications of the Feb. 6 study on FASD prevalence that appeared in theJournal of the American Medical Association. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 8, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Study of first-graders shows fetal alcohol spectrum disorders prevalent in US communities
NIH-funded research examined over 6,000 children to determine prevalence of FASD ranged from 1.1 to 5 percent  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 5, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Volunteers wanted for Research Study on Alcohol Use Disorder looking at reducing craving for alcohol
NIAAA seeks volunteers for a research study on alcohol use disorder aimed at reducing craving for alcohol.Background: Hormones are naturally occurring chemicals in the body. Ghrelin is a hormone that stimulates appetite. It may also stimulate alcohol cravings and use. Researchers want to learn more about alcohol cravings and test if a drug that blocks ghrelin lowers alcohol cravings.    (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - January 31, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Advisory Council to Meet February 8
The National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism advises and makes recommendations on research program and policy matters in the field of alcohol abuse and alcoholism.The next scheduled meeting is February 8, 2018.  The location is the  Terrace Level Conference Rooms, 5635 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852.View the Agenda atwww.niaaa.nih.gov/about-niaaa/our-work/advisory-council/advisory-council-agenda-february-8-2018 (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - January 30, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIH study shows steep increase in rate of alcohol-related ER visits
Increases were larger among females than males, providing more evidence of narrowing gender gaps in alcohol-related harms in the U.S. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - January 12, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Kimberly Source Type: news

Join us for Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day, January 22
Join us for the 11th annual Drugs& Alcohol Chat Day, a web chat between teens and scientists to be held on January 22, during  National Drug and  Alcohol Facts Week®, which runs from January 22–28, 2018.  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - January 3, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news