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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism : Mission


The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is responsible for research on the causes, consequences, treatment, and prevention of alcohol-related problems. NIAAA conducts and supports biomedical and behavioral research into the effects of alcohol on the human mind and body, prevention and treatment of alcohol abuse and alcoholism, and epidemiology of alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. In carrying out these responsibilities, the institute:

  • Conducts and supports basic and biobe-havioral research aimed at determining the causes of alcoholism, discovering how alcohol damages the organs of the body, and developing prevention and treatment strategies for application in the Nation’s health care system;

  • Serves as a national resource for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of scientific findings;

  • Supports training and development of scientists for participation in alcohol research programs and activities;

  • Conducts policy studies that have broad implications for alcohol problem prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation activities; and

  • Conducts epidemiological studies as well as national and community surveys to assess the risks for and magnitude of alcohol-related problems among various population groups.


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