CRAN Blog: Saving a “Lost Generation” - The Need to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Midlife
We have long expected to see increasing substance use in middle and later life with the aging of baby boomers—a demographic that traditionally had a more relaxed attitude to substance use. A recent study funded by the National Institute on Aging reveals the unexpected enormity of the problem and its disastrous consequences for a generation of Americans. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 8, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Review article reinforces support for brain disease model of addiction
The concept of addiction as a brain disease is still being questioned. Yet, an article published in The New England Journal of Medicine by NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow, NIAAA Director Dr. George Koob, and Dr. A. Thomas McLellan, co-founder and Chair of the Board of the Treatment Research Institute, further enforces this concept. The review article summarizes recent scientific advances in the neurobiology of addiction.... (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 5, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

CDC Report: More than 3 million US women at risk for alcohol-exposed pregnancy
An estimated 3.3 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 years are at risk of exposing their developing baby to alcohol because they are drinking, sexually active, and not using birth control to prevent pregnancy, according to the latest CDC Vital Signs report released today. The report also found that 3 in 4 women who want to get pregnant as soon as possible do not stop drinking alcohol when they stop using birth control. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 2, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Upcoming Advisory Council Meetings
The Open Session of the Joint Meeting of Advisory Councils for Collaborative Research on Addiction at NIH (CRAN) -- the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse, and National Cancer Advisory Board -- will take place on February 11, 2016. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 1, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week begins January 25
Two NIH institutes join forces to educate teens about the risks of using drugs and alcohol (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - January 7, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Diez por ciento de los adultos de Estados Unidos padece trastornos por consumo de drogas en algún momento de su vida
Un 75 por ciento informa no recibir ningún tipo de tratamiento [Leer la pagina en inglés. Read this page in English.]   (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - December 31, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Samantha Source Type: news

Video: Rethink Your Holiday Drinking
Holiday toasts can turn tragic if you underestimate the effects of #alcohol http://bit.ly/1J344cj  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - December 22, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

En Estados Unidos, las formas de beber de hombres y mujeres se parecen cada vez más
    En Estados Unidos, y en todo el mundo, los hombres beben más alcohol que las mujeres. Sin embargo, un análisis reciente, realizado por científicos del Instituto Nacional sobre el Abuso del Alcohol y el Alcoholismo (NIAAA, por su sigla en inglés), perteneciente a los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud, indica que la proverbial diferencia entre hombres y mujeres en cuanto al consumo de alcohol y los daños relacionados con este podría estar reduciéndose en Estados Unidos. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - December 18, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Candice Source Type: news

Nuevo recurso: Tratamiento para los Problemas de Consumo de Alcohol- Cómo encontrar y Obtener Ayuda [Treatment for Alcohol Problems - Finding and Getting Help]
La publicación incluye información sobre métodos eficaces pero poco utilizados. [Read the English translation.] (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - December 18, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Candice Source Type: news

Nuevo recurso del NIAAA brinda orientación sobre las opciones de tratamiento para los problemas de consumo de alcohol
La publicación incluye información sobre métodos eficaces pero poco utilizados. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - December 18, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Candice Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Join the Conversation about the Dangers of Underage Drinking
#WeTalked    (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - December 1, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIH Statement on World AIDS Day 2015
Follow the science to fast-track the end of AIDS   When the first cases of what would become known as AIDS were reported in 1981, scientists and physicians did not know the cause and had no therapies to treat those who were infected. Times have changed and today physicians can offer their patients highly effective medicines that work as both treatment and prevention. We can now speak credibly about having within our sights the end to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, when new HIV infections and deaths due to AIDS are rare.   (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - December 1, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Male and female drinking patterns becoming more alike in the U.S.
In the United States, and throughout the world, men drink more alcohol than women.  But a recent analysis by scientists at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, indicates that longstanding differences between men and women in alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harms might be narrowing in the United States. Researchers led by Aaron White, Ph.D., NIAAA’s senior scientific advisor to the director, examined data from yearly national surveys conducted between 2002 and 2012. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - November 20, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

10 percent of US adults have drug use disorder at some point in their lives
75 percent report not receiving any form of treatment A survey of American adults revealed that drug use disorder is common, co-occurs with a range of mental health disorders and often goes untreated. The study, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, found that about 4 percent of Americans met the criteria for drug use disorder in the past year and about 10 percent have had drug use disorder at some time in their lives. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - November 18, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Adolescent Alcohol Activates Hippocampal Astrocytes in Adulthood
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Source: NIAAA News - November 13, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Brief Training Increases Pediatricians’ Use of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Interventions
Two to three brief training sessions can significantly increase pediatricians’ use of techniques for identifying and treating young people with potential alcohol, substance use, and mental health problems, according to a new study in a large pediatric primary care clinic.  Collectively known as screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT), such techniques could be important tools for preventing and treating these common problems among young people.  The study also found that pediatric practices can improve support for patients who need these services by adding behavioral (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - November 2, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Dr. Kathleen K. Sulik to deliver 20th 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 Kathleen K. Sulik, Ph.D., will deliver the 20th Annual Mark Keller Honorary Lecture.  Dr. Sulik is an internationally recognized embryologist and teratologist whose work has greatly advanced our understanding of prenatal development and alcohol-induced birth defects.     (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - October 28, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Prevalence of Marijuana Use Among U.S. Adults Doubles Over Past Decade
Surveys show 9.5 percent of Americans use marijuana; 30 percent of users meet criteria for a disorder (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - October 21, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

New issue of Alcohol Research: Current Reviews
This issue of ARCR, Alcohol and the Immune System,reviews a broad range of immune-relevant alcohol research, detailing how alcohol-induced disruption of immune pathways can impair the body’s ability to defend against infection, contribute to organ damage associated with alcohol consumption, impede recovery from tissue injury, and potentially contribute to alcohol use disorder among other issues.   (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - October 19, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIDA-NIAAA Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research, October 16
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Source: NIAAA News - October 12, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

In Memory of Elena Shumay
A message from Dr. George Koob, Director, NIAAA:   Dear Colleagues:  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - October 12, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIH invests $85 million for BRAIN Initiative research
The National Institutes of Health announced its second wave of grants to support the goals of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, bringing the NIH investment to $85 million in fiscal year 2015.   (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - October 1, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIH launches landmark study on substance use and adolescent brain development
Thirteen grants awarded to look at cognitive and social development in ~10,000 children  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - September 25, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIH releases comprehensive resource to help address college drinking
CollegeAIM is a convenient, research-based tool for comparing college alcohol interventions CollegeAIM, a new resource to help college officials address harmful and underage student drinking, is now available. The CollegeAIM (Alcohol Intervention Matrix) guide and website was developed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the National Institutes of Health. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - September 22, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Presidential Proclamation -- National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, 2015
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Source: NIAAA News - September 3, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Expanded National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week begins January 25
Two NIH institutes join forces to educate teens about the risks of using drugs and alcohol (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - August 27, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Join us September 9 for a Twitter chat on FASD Awareness Day
Join NIAAA and the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) for a Twitter chat in recognition of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day 9/9 at 1 p.m. ET Hashtag: #NIAAAchat Scientific Expert: Dr. Kenneth Warren, NIAAA Deputy Director   (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - August 25, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIDA and NIAAA commentary strongly supports brain disease model of addiction
The brain disease model of addiction is strongly supported by scientific evidence, according to a commentary published today in The Lancet Psychiatry by NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow and NIAAA Director Dr. George Koob. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - July 29, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Al-Anon Interview with Dr. Robert Huebner: Research on AUD treatment options and the benefit of support groups
Hear an interview with Dr. Robert Huebner, Director of the Division of Treatment and Recovery Research at NIAAA in this YouTube video and podcast post with Al-Anon Family Groups. Dr. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - July 21, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIH study identifies gene variant linked to compulsive drinking
Carrying a gene variant that affects the release of a specific brain protein may put one at greater risk of developing an alcohol use disorder, according to the results of a recent animal study. The study was led by Professor Dorit Ron, PhD, Endowed Chair of Cell Biology of Addiction, Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco, and was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the National Institutes of Health. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - July 20, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Twitter Chat on how Marijuana and Alcohol Impair Driving - July 17 at 1pm
Follow @NIAAAnews and @NIDANews on Twitter this Friday 7/17, at 1pm ET for a chat on how marijuana and alcohol impair your driving. Join the chat using #DruggedDriving.                           (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - July 15, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

A new Division of Medications Development is proposed for NIAAA
At the June 10th meeting of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a proposal to establish a new Division of Medications Development within the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) was announced.   For additional details, view the slides at http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/sites/default/files/Reorg_creationMedDevDivCouncil_June2015final_Accessible.pdf   (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - July 8, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIAAA Fact Sheet: Risky Drinking Can Put a Chill on Your Summer Fun
 Summer is a wonderful time for outdoor activities with family and friends. For many people, a day at the beach, on the boat, or at a backyard barbecue will include drinking alcoholic beverages.   (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - July 7, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIAAA Fact Sheet: Risky Drinking Can Put a Chill on Your Summer Fun
Summer is a wonderful time for outdoor activities with family and friends. For many people, a day at the beach, on the boat, or at a backyard barbecue will include drinking alcoholic beverages. But excessive drinking and summer activities don’t mix. Drinking impairs both physical and mental abilities, and it also decreases inhibitions—which can lead to tragic consequences on the water, on the road, and in the great outdoors. In fact, research shows that up to 70 percent of all water recreation deaths of teens and adults involve the use of alcohol.[1]   (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - July 7, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Join our July 9 Twitter Chat on BAC Technology and the Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge
Chat with NIAAA experts about the latest in blood alcohol monitoring technology and our $200,000 challenge to design a better wearable alcohol biosensor. July 9 at 1:00 pm ET  #AlcoholBiosensor (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - July 7, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

CNN's Sanjay Gupta Meets with NIAAA Director, Visits Laboratory and "Virtual Bar" for Clinical Research
On March 25, 2015, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent and neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta (middle) met with NIAAA Director Dr. George Koob (right) in the laboratory of Dr. Lorenzo Leggio (left). Dr. Leggio is chief of the Section on Clinical Psychoneuroendocrinology and Neuropsychopharmacology, which is run jointly by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).  Dr. Leggio has established a "virtual bar" that allows researchers to explore alcohol triggers and to test potential new medications.  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - June 30, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Cara Source Type: news

NIH begins clinical trial of new medication for alcohol use disorder
A clinical trial investigating a potential treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD) was announced by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The study will assess the safety and efficacy of gabapentin enacarbil (HORIZANT) in extended-release tablets for treating moderate to severe AUD. NIAAA is part of the National Institutes of Health.   (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - June 25, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

RSA Selects NIAAA’s Dr. David Goldman for Distinguished Researcher Award
The Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) has selected David Goldman, M.D., of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to receive the Distinguished Researcher Award. This award recognizes a senior researcher who, through sustained, long-term commitment to conducting alcohol research, has made outstanding scientific contributions to the field. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - June 23, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Cara Source Type: news

New Issue of NIAAA Spectrum Now Online
NIAAA Spectrum is an online Webzine published by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. It features the latest news from the alcohol research field, infographics, and interviews with NIAAA staff and researchers from the field. The latest issue is now available. In this issue...   (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - June 15, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Cara Source Type: news

NIAAA honors Jonathan Gibralter with Senator Harold Hughes Award
Jonathan Gibralter, Ph.D., president of Frostburg State University (FSU), 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 Koob, Ph.D., announced his selection during the 139th meeting of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - June 9, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Cara Source Type: news

NIH study finds alcohol use disorder on the increase
AUDs often untreated Alcohol use disorder, or AUD, is the medical diagnosis for problem drinking that causes mild to severe distress or harm.  A new study supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, reports that nearly one-third of adults in the United States have an AUD at some time in their lives, but only about 20 percent seek AUD treatment.  The study also reveals a significant increase in AUDs over the last decade.  The new findings are reported online today in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - June 3, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Joint SAMHSA-NIAAA Publication Spotlights Medications to Treat Alcohol Use Disorder
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) jointly convened a Consensus Panel on New and Emerging Pharmacotherapies for Alcohol Use Disorders and Related Comorbidities.  The panel brought together experts in alcohol research, clinical care, medical education, and public policy to review the current evidence on the effectiveness of available medications for the treatment of alcohol use disorder.     (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - May 20, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Pilot Study Shows a Mobile App Can Help People with Alcohol Use Disorder to Reduce Problem Drinking
A pilot study of a smartphone-based intervention found that the mobile app helped people with an alcohol use disorder to reduce their alcohol consumption. The pilot program was supported in part by a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Patrick Dulin, PhD, an associate professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, led the study. He presented findings on the mobile app, known as "Step Away," at the American Telemedicine Association's annual meeting, held May 2-5, 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - May 18, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Redesigned NIAAA Journal Web Site to Launch May 1
Alcohol Research: Current Reviews (ARCR), NIAAA's peer-reviewed, scientific journal, is getting a new look. The redesigned home page features a one-stop resource with a new topic index, access to archived issues, and other important links. The site also allows NIAAA to post contributor's articles as soon as each becomes finalized, before an issue is complete.   NIAAA is pleased to announce that the site will officially launch on May 1, 2015. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 29, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Twitter Chat: Understanding Alcohol and Your Health
April is Alcohol Awareness Month – a good time to learn more about how alcohol use impacts your health and examine your own drinking habits. Bring your health-related questions and come chat with an NIAAA expert. *The archived chat from April 28 is now available: https://storify.com/NIAAAnews/understanding-alcohol-and-your-health Date: Tuesday, April 28, at 1 p.m. ET.   Hashtag: #NIAAAchat (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 9, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Twitter Chat: Understanding Alcohol and Your Health - April 28, 1pm, #NIAAAchat
April is Alcohol Awareness Month – a good time to learn more about how alcohol use impacts your health and examine your own drinking habits. Bring your health-related questions and come chat with an NIAAA expert. Date: Tuesday, April 28, at 1 p.m. ET.   Hashtag: #NIAAAchat (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 9, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIAAA recognizes Alcohol Awareness Month 2015
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to learn about alcohol and the health and social problems caused by drinking too much. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) encourages the public to dedicate this month to understanding how excessive drinking can affect health and to evaluating their own drinking habits. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 2, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Study defines brain and behavioral effects of teen binge drinking
NIH-funded findings also point to possible treatments for harmful effects of adolescent alcohol exposure (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 2, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIH holds competition to create better wearable alcohol biosensor
First prize winner will be awarded $200,000 In the search for a wearable or otherwise discreet device capable of measuring blood alcohol levels in real time, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has issued the Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge. The wearable biosensor will aid researchers, clinicians, therapists and individuals by providing more accurate data on how much an individual is drinking. NIAAA is part of the National Institutes of Health. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - March 16, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIAAA Offers Prize Money to Develop a New, Real-Time, Wearable Alcohol Biosensor
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has issued the “Wearable Alcohol Biosensor” Challenge in the search for a wearable or otherwise discreet device capable of measuring blood alcohol levels in real time.   An improved wearable biosensor would aid researchers and clinicians by providing more accurate data on how much study participants and patients are drinking. The winning prototype is expected to improve on existing technology by providing real-time monitoring in an appealing and inconspicuous package.    (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - March 11, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news