NIAAA at CADCA's National Leadership Forum
Attendees of the 22nd Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) National Leadership Forum met with NIAAA program leadership at three sessions on February 7. At these sessions, NIAAA staff presented information on key NIAAA programs and held open question-and-answer sessions to help attendees integrate this information into their own programs in the community.
Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide
Although 1 in 3 children starts drinking by the end of 8th grade, only about half of young people who see a physician are asked about their drinking. To help address this issue, NIAAA’s new Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide offers resources to help pediatricians and other health care providers easily identify youth at risk for alcohol-related problems. Produced in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Practitioner’s Guide focuses on children ages 9–18.
Update for NIAAA’s Flagship Publication
NIAAA is pleased to announce a new look and new title for the Institute’s peer-reviewed journal, Alcohol Research & Health. The changes will begin with the next issue, Volume 34, Number 3, Over the years, as the journal’s content has evolved, it has carved out an important niche, providing succinct and timely reviews on topics of interest to alcohol researchers.
Alcohol Policy Information System Now Updated
NIAAA’s Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) features the latest information on State alcohol policy statutes and regulations. The most recent annual update to the APIS system features changes in State alcohol policy statutes and regulations that occurred through January 1, 2011. This year’s changes included 21 substantive revisions, many of which directly address the prevention of underage drinking and its consequences or alcohol-related death and injury in the general population.
New NIH Web Site Sparks Interest in Clinical Trials
The National Institutes of Health recently launched a new Web site, “NIH Clinical Research Trials and You,” to educate and enroll people interested in participating in trials that test new therapies and treatments. The site provides a one-stop resource for clinical trial information.
NIAAA Chats With Kids About Alcohol
On November 1, NIAAA participated in National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Drug Facts Chat Day. Part of November’s National Drug Facts Week, Chat Day offers middle- and high-school students the chance to ask questions about drugs and alcohol and get answers in a real-time chat. Scientific experts and editors from NIAAA, NIDA, and the National Institute of Mental Health joined forces to provide evidence-based answers written in a teen-friendly style.
NIH Seeks Input for Institute’s Scientific Strategic Plan
In response to recommendations from the Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB), established pursuant to Sec. 401(e) of the Public Health Service Act, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is examining the creation of a new Institute focusing on substance use, abuse, and addiction-related research.