Institutes and Research Divisions
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse
- 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.
Important Events in NIAAA History
Director's of NIAAA
Biographical Sketch of NIAAA Director
Programs and Activities
NIAAA maintains an active communication program aimed at sharing with health care practitioners, policy makers, others involved in managing alcohol-related programs about research findings with applicability to alcohol treatment and prevention efforts, and the general public. Our scientific communications vehicles include publications such as:
Research findings are also shared with the alcohol and general health care communities through two online database services supported by the institute. The first of these, the "Quick Facts" electronic bulletin board, provides access to alcohol-related epidem-iologic data and facilitates communication among NIAAA staff and others interested in NIAAA programs and data.
- Special reports to Congress on alcohol and health, triennial reports from the secretary of Health and Human Services to the Congress, which describe research findings and advances in the alcohol field;
- Alcohol Health & Research World, a quarterly professional journal available by subscription;
- Alcohol Alert, a publication designed to quickly disseminate research findings to health professionals; and
- Monographs on special topics or containing papers from NIAAA-sponsored workshops on critical research areas such as imaging and economics.
Scientists, clinicians, and others interested in alcohol-related research also have direct access to NIAAA's comprehensive "Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Science Database" through Ovid Technologies, Inc.--a commercial vendor. The database title is ETOH, named after EtOH, one of the chemical designations for ethyl alcohol. ETOH covers literature from the late 1960's to the present, contains over 93,000 bibliographic records, and covers all aspects of alcohol research: psychology, psychiatry, physiology, biochemistry, epidemiology, sociology, neuroscience, treatment, prevention, education, accidents and safety, criminal justice, legislation, employment, labor and industry, and public policy. The database also contains entries on books, monographs, government reports, dissertations, and conference papers.
Plans are under way to make ETOH available on the world wide web (WWW) institute home page. Currently, NIAAA's WWW features publications (many available as full text documents), news releases, grant and contract information, and other alcohol-related resources.