Today marks the beginning of 2019’s National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, a health observance first launched by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 2010. In 2016, the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner, adding alcohol as a topic area for the week. Geared towards teens, the initiative helps educate people on what science has taught us about drug addiction and alcohol. It also attempts to debunk myths that teens–and adults–may believe about certain substances due to various influences such as social media, peers, music, movies, and TV shows.
Learn more about Dana-supported brain research by reading our grantee Q&As. A new interview with Graeme Mason, Ph.D., a brain and immuno-imaging grantee, addresses his work with Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy imaging to look at alcohol’s neural effects. Through his research, he hopes to answer questions such as: Do people with a genetic vulnerability to alcohol dependence need to drink more to feel like they’ve consumed the same amount of alcohol as those without the gene?
To read all Dana grantee interviews, visit the Q&A page on dana.org.
– Ann L. Whitman