Family Alcohol Use Focus of New Grant

Categories: New Grant Award

Type: News

Date Published: 03/28/2016

1 in 5 Americans will develop an alcohol use disorder (AUD) during their lifetime. However, there are several important gaps in our knowledge about how risks for alcohol abuse are transmitted among family members. ORI scientists Richard Farmer, Ph.D., and John Seeley, Ph.D., have received funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to study this. The researchers are investigating several important features associated with familial transmission of AUDs with an existing multigenerational data set from the Oregon Adolescent Depression Project (OADP). Findings from this research will make significant contributions to current understandings of the family transmission of AUD risk, inform theories of the development of AUDs, and help develop targeted prevention programs and therapeutic interventions.