People may drink to socialize, celebrate, or relax. Alcohol often has a strong effect on people—and throughout history, people have struggled to understand and manage alcohol’s power. Why does alcohol cause people to act and feel differently? How much is too much? Why do some people become addicted while others do not? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is researching the answers to these and many other questions about alcohol. Learn about the health effects of alcohol.
- MEDLINEplus Health Information on Substance Use Disorders (National Library of Medicine, NIH)
- Healthfinder.gov (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Clinical trials are research studies in human volunteers conducted to answer specific health questions. Learn about the NIH-sponsored clinical trials available to you.
For information on alcohol abuse, please visit:
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
- NIDA for Teens Drug Facts on Alcohol - Offers resources for teens and teen influencers. Get the latest on how alcohol affects the brain and body. Features videos, games, blog posts, and more!
- NIH Director’s Blog on Alcohol
- SAMHSA Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders