National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Law and Legal Definition

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is a part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. It supports and conducts biomedical and behavioral research programs that focus on the causes, consequences, treatment, and prevention of alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. The NIAA provides funds to conduct research programs related to the prevention of alcohol-related problems in the U.S. Further, it promotes reductions in the per capita consumption of alcohol.

The NIAAA also provides leadership in the national effort to reduce the severe and sometimes fatal consequences of alcohol-related problems by:

Conducting and supporting research in a wide range of scientific areas such as: genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, health risks and benefits of alcohol consumption, prevention, and treatment.

Coordinating and collaborating with other research institutes and federal programs on alcohol-related issues. Teaming up with international, national, state, and local institutions, organizations, agencies, and programs engaged in alcohol-related work.

Translating and circulating research findings to health care providers, researchers, policymakers, and the public.