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Alcohol: What You Don't Know Can Harm You (page 3)

— National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Updated on Apr 6, 2011

Research Directions

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institutes of Health, supports about 90 percent of the Nation’s research on alcohol use and its related consequences. Today, alcohol researchers are working on the cutting edge of medical science to answer questions such as:

  • Who is at greatest risk for developing alcohol problems?
  • What are the effects of binge drinking, particularly among young people?
  • When does alcohol use increase the risk of violent behavior?
  • Why are women more vulnerable to alcohol’s effects?

Each new research discovery leads us to better ways to prevent and treat the alcohol-related problems that harm individuals, families, and society.

If you or someone you know needs help or more information, contact:

Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters 1600 Corporate Landing Parkway Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5617 Internet address: http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/

Makes referrals to local Al-Anon groups, which are support groups for spouses and other significant adults in an alcoholic person’s life. Also makes referrals to Alateen groups, which offer support to children of alcoholics.

  • Locations of Al-Anon or Alateen meetings worldwide can be obtained by calling (888)4ALANON (425-2666) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (E.S.T.).
  • Free informational materials can be obtained by calling (757) 563-1600, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • U.S.: (888) 4ALANON
  • Canada: (800) 443-4525; 24 hours

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) World Services 475 Riverside Drive, 11th Floor New York, NY 10115 (212) 870-3400 Internet address: http://www.aa.org/

Makes referrals to local AA groups and provides informational materials on the AA program. Many cities and towns also have a local AA office listed in the telephone book.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) 20 Exchange Place, Suite 2902 New York, NY 10005 (800) 622-2255 Internet address: http://www.ncadd.org/

Provides telephone numbers of local NCADD affiliates (who can provide information on local treatment resources) and educational materials on alcoholism via the above toll-free number.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) 6000 Executive Boulevard, Suite 409 Bethesda, MD 20892-7003 (301) 443-3860 Internet address: http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/

Makes available free publications on all aspects of alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Many are available in Spanish. Call, write, or search the NIAAA Web site for a list of publications and ordering information.

Additional Reading

Alcoholism: Getting the Facts—describes what alcoholism and alcohol abuse are and offers useful information on when and where to seek help. English version: NIH Publication Number 96–4153; Spanish version: NIH Publication Number 99–4153&S.

Drinking and Your Pregnancy—explains how drinking can hurt a developing baby, the problems that children born with fetal alcohol syndrome have, how to stop drinking, and where to go for help. NIH Publication Number 96–4101; Spanish version: NIH Publication Number 97–4102.

How to Cut Down on Your Drinking—presents tips for those who are acting on medical advice to reduce their alcohol consumption. English version: NIH Publication Number 96–3770; Spanish version: NIH Publication Number 96–3770–S.

Frequently Asked Questions About Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse—provides answers to frequently asked questions about alcoholism and alcohol abuse. NIH Publication Number 01–4735; Spanish version: NIH Publication Number 02–4735–S.

Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child About Alcohol—offers guidance to parents and caregivers of young people ages 10 to 14 on preventing underage drinking. English version: NIH Publication Number 00–4314; Spanish version: NIH Publication Number 00–4314–S.

To order, write to: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Publications Distribution Center, P.O. Box 10686, Rockville, MD 20849-0686. The full text of all of the above publications is available on NIAAA’s Web site (http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/).

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