Alcohol Research

Journal covering alcohol research.

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 1, Winter

Alcohol, the Brain, and Behavior
Mechanisms of Addiction The actions of alcohol that cause intoxication, initiate and maintain excessive drinking behavior, and promote relapse during abstinence occur primarily in the brain. A thorough understanding of alcohol's effects on the mechanisms...
Economic Analysis Aids Alcohol Research
Economic research contributes to our understanding of alcohol use and the prevention and treatment of alcohol-related problems in several ways. This article reviews three areas in which the tools of economic analysis have produced significant insights...
Health Risks and Benefits of Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol consumption has consequences for the health and well-being of those who drink and, by extension, the lives of those around them. The research reviewed here represents a wide spectrum of approaches to understanding the risks and benefits of...
Introduction
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is committed to making research findings accessible to a broad audience. We do this in many ways, including general and specialized brochures, pamphlets, manuals, clinical bulletins, and...
Latest Approaches to Preventing Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Scientists and policymakers have explored numerous strategies to prevent alcohol abuse and dependence as well as the adverse social, legal, and medical consequences of alcohol use. Many of these efforts have focused on reducing alcohol-impaired driving...
Medical Consequences of Alcohol Abuse
Studies have shown that long-term alcohol abuse produces serious, harmful effects on a variety of the body's organ systems. Parts of the human body most affected include the liver and the immune, cardiovascular, and skeletal systems. Current research...
Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol
Maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects, of which fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is the most devastating. Recognizable by characteristic craniofacial abnormalities and growth deficiency, this condition includes severe...
Research Refines Alcoholism Treatment Options
Every day, more than 700,000 people in the United States receive treatment for alcoholism. In recent years, much progress has been made in understanding how both psychological approaches and medications can help these patients achieve sobriety, including...
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is committed to making research findings accessible to a broad audience. We do this in many ways, including general and specialized brochures, pamphlets, manuals, clinical bulletins, and...
Why Do Some People Drink Too Much?
The Role of Genetic and Psychosocial Influences A sizable minority of the population abuses alcohol. Research has found that some vulnerability to developing alcohol-related problems is conveyed genetically, and animal research has indicated that...
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