NIAAA Grantees to Study Impact of Warning Labels

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NIAAA Grantees to Study Impact of Warning Labels

NIAAA has issued a request for applications (RFA) for research grants to gauge the effect of the newly mandated health and risk warning labels which will be required on all alcoholic beverage containers in November.

The Institute said that about $600,000 will be available for several awards during the first year of funding, and if additional applications are deemed worthy of support, funds may also be made available from NIAAA's regular extramural research grant pool, so-called R01s. Deadline for receipt of applications is July 17, with awards to be made as soon as possible after expected final review in the fall of 1989.

The grants should be designed to "study the impact of the required warning labels on the knowledge, attitudes, behavior, and alcohol-related morbidity and mortality of relevant American populations," according to the RFA.

Under a provision in the 1988 Anti-Drug Abuse Act, alcoholic beverages manufactured, imported, bottled for sale or distribution in the U.S. must bear the statement: "Government Warning: 1. According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. 2. Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems."

NIAAA said that because of time constraints, it will not be possible to fund the research projects until after the labeling is implemented in November. However, the Institute is using other funding mechanisms to collect baseline information; and applicants are encouraged where possible to garner baseline data through whatever means are available to them.

"The enactment (of the warning label requirement) and the forthcoming use of health warning labels on alcoholic beverages makes this an opportune and critical time for the conduct of research on alcohol warning labels," NIAAA said in the RFA. …