Deaths involving alcohol increased during the COVID-19 pandemic

Recently researchers at NIAAA used the national death certificate database to assess changes in alcohol-related deaths during the first year of the pandemic. The results, published in JAMA, show that after increasing around 2.2% per year over the previous two decades, deaths involving alcohol jumped 25.5% between 2019 to 2020, totaling 99,107 deaths.1 The study showed … Read more

NIAAA Fosters Innovation Through Its Small Business Research Program

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) program supports the development and commercialization of innovative tools, technologies, and strategies. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) SBIR/STTR program aims to improve the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment—as well as recovery from—alcohol-related problems. The SBIR/STTR program enhances NIAAA’s research portfolio across … Read more

NIAAA Expands Outreach to Diverse Audiences with New Factsheet Translations

Providing information in multiple languages can help extend the reach of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s (NIAAA) resources. Many visitors to NIAAA’s website come from countries where languages such as Spanish, Tagalog, Japanese, and Chinese are spoken. In addition, Executive Order 13166, issued in 2000, called for all federal agencies to provide individuals with … Read more

New NIAAA site helps clinicians navigate alcohol and patient health

A new online resource will help healthcare professionals and practices improve care for people whose alcohol consumption may be impacting their health. Recognizing alcohol’s contribution to over 200 diseases and conditions will improve clinicians’ ability to serve their patients. The Healthcare Professional’s Core Resource on Alcohol was developed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse … Read more

NIAAA to Host Webinar on Reducing Stigma Around Alcohol Use Disorder in Minority Communities

NIAAA is hosting an informative and interactive free webinar: Reducing Stigma Around Alcohol Use Disorder in Minority Communities, Monday, March 21, at 1:00–2:15 p.m. EDT. Dr. Christina S. Lee, Associate Professor of Social Work at Boston University, and Dr. Tamika C.B. Zapolski, Associate Professor of Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University, will discuss their research targeting … Read more

Study Suggests Possible Dietary Treatment for Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

A diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates and protein, known as a ketogenic diet, may help reduce the severity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms in people being treated for alcohol use disorder (AUD), according to a new study led by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National … Read more