National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
The NIAAA NIAAA National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (National Institutes of Health)
NIAAA National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association
NIAAA Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging is particularly interested in mind-body interactions as they may impact the prevalence and incidence of alcohol abuse and alcoholism alcoholism, disease characterized by impaired control over the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Alcoholism is a serious problem worldwide; in the United States the wide availability of alcoholic beverages makes alcohol the most accessible drug, and alcoholism is , as they may be disrupted by alcohol use, and as they may play a critical role in recovery from alcoholism. Mind-body interactions of importance include spirituality, motivation, and craving craving Psychology A strong desire to consume a particular substance–eg of abuse, or food; craving is a major factor in relapse and/or continued use after withdrawal from a substance of abuse and is both imprecisely defined and difficult to measure. , as well as the effects of stress, alienation, or stigmatization stigmatization /stig·ma·ti·za·tion/ (stig?mah-ti-za´shun)
1. the developing of or being identified as possessing one or more stigmata.
2. the act or process of negatively labelling or characterizing another. . For example, the role of spirituality in achieving and maintaining sobriety is widely acknowledged, but well-designed research is needed to determine the underlying mechanisms. Such studies may lead to new strategies to improve alcoholism treatment or enhance relapse prevention. We need to understand how mind-body interactions may influence the risk for harmful drinking or contribute to protective factors. Mind-body interactions may also influence progress through stages of change, help-seeking behavior, or readiness for cognitive/behavioral therapy. It is anticipated that such knowledge could be incorporated into more effective means of preventing and treating alcohol disorders among adolescents as well as adult populations. In addition, the NIAAA is committed to reducing alcohol-related health disparities
Health disparities (also called health inequalities in some countries) refer to gaps in the quality of health and health care across racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. in vulnerable populations. The mind--body interaction may enhance understanding of how reactions to stress, stigma, racism, and discrimination may influence the incidence of alcohol abuse and alcoholism.