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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Agency overview
FormedDecember 31, 1970; 53 years ago (1970-12-31)
JurisdictionFederal Government of the United States
Agency executive
Parent departmentDepartment of Health and Human Services
Parent agencyNational Institutes of Health
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The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), as part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, supports and conducts biomedical and behavioural research on the causes, consequences, treatment, and prevention of alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. The NIAAA functions both as a funding agency that supports research by external research institutions and as a research institution itself, where alcohol research is carried out in‐house.[1] It funds approximately 90% of all such research in the United States.[2] The NIAAA publishes the academic journal Alcohol Research: Current Reviews.

Past directors[edit]

Past directors from 1972–present[3]

Portrait Director Took office Left office
Morris E. Chafetz 1972 September 1, 1975
Ernest Noble February 1976 April 1978
Loran Archer (acting) April 1978 April 1979
John R. DeLuca May 1979 October 1981
Loran Archer (acting) November 1981 July 1982
William E. Mayer August 1982 July 1983
Robert G. Niven August 1983 December 1985
Loran Archer (acting) January 1986 October 1986
Enoch Gordis November 1986 January 2002
Raynard S. Kington January 2002 November 2002
Ting-Kai Li November 2002 October 2008
Kenneth R. Warren November 2008 January 2014
George Koob January 27, 2014 Present


The mission of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is to generate and disseminate fundamental knowledge about the effects of alcohol on health and well-being, and apply that knowledge to improve diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems, including alcohol use disorder, across the lifespan.[4]

NIAAA provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems by:

  • Conducting and supporting alcohol-related research in a wide range of scientific areas including genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, prevention, and treatment.
  • Coordinating and collaborating with other research institutes and Federal Programs on alcohol-related issues.
  • Collaborating with international, national, state, and local institutions, organizations, agencies, and programs engaged in alcohol-related work.
  • Translating and disseminating research findings to health care providers, researchers, policymakers, and the public.

Extramural research[edit]

Extramural research is research conducted by organizations outside the NIH with NIH support through grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements. NIAAA’s extramural research includes both clinical and basic science research.[5]

Clinical research comprises more than 30 percent of NIAAA’s extramural research and includes programs in:

The laboratories and researchers housed within NIAAA seek to unravel the biological basis of alcohol use disorders and related problems and to develop new strategies to prevent and treat these disorders.

See also[edit]

  • Project MATCH, an initialism for: Matching Alcoholism Treatments to Client Heterogeneity


  1. ^ Heilig, Markus; Warren, Kenneth R.; Kunos, George; Silverman, Peter B.; Hewitt, Brenda G. (2011-06-01). "Addiction Research Centres and the Nurturing of Creativity: The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism". Addiction. 106 (6): 1052–1060. doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.2010.02995.x. PMC 3024445. PMID 20569230.
  2. ^ "NIAAA Director's Statement Before the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies". National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). 2011-12-27. Retrieved 2019-11-11.
  3. ^ "NIAAA Directors". www.nih.gov.
  4. ^ "Mission Statement". National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
  5. ^ "Our Work". National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

External links[edit]

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