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Abstinence May Influence Changes in the Gut Microbiome of People With Alcohol Use Disorder

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Chronic heavy drinking, a common symptom of alcohol use disorder (AUD), has been linked to changes in the levels and types of beneficial bacteria in the gut, known as the gut microbiome. Changes in the gut microbiome, often termed microbial dysbiosis, can lead to further downstream health problems such as liver disease, inflammation, and malnutrition.

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Alcohol and COVID-19: Behavioral and Biological Effects

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During the course of the pandemic, researchers and scientists from across the biomedical spectrum have focused on the diverse health impacts of the novel coronavirus. For their part, alcohol researchers are investigating numerous ways that alcohol might affect COVID-19 risk and severity, as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic may influence alcohol consumption patterns and problems.

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Supporting Research on the Link Between Alcohol and Cancer

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During National Cancer Prevention Month this February, NIAAA continues its efforts to advance knowledge about the link between alcohol and cancer.

Noteworthy

Adolescent Alcohol Use — A Crucial Developmental Period Explored in Recent NIAAA Mendelson Lecture

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Sandra A. Brown, Ph.D., delivered the 2020 Jack Mendelson, M.D., Honorary Lecture on September 22. The title of her presentation was “Discerning Risks and Effects of Alcohol in the Midst of Adolescent Development.”

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Science Symposium at NIH Commemorates 50 Years of Advancing Alcohol Research

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The year 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). To celebrate this milestone anniversary, NIAAA hosted a scientific symposium, “Alcohol Across the Lifespan: 50 Years of Evidence-Based Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment Research,” on November 30 and December 1, 2020.

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Vicki E. Buckley, M.B.A.

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NIAAA Executive Officer/Associate Director for Administration, and Deputy Ethics Coordinator