The National Institute of Health renewed IU’s Indiana Alcohol Research Center’s eighth consecutive grant, giving an $8.65 million five-year grant to the center in December 2022. The renewal was announced in an IU School of Medicine newsroom post on April 5.
The Indiana Alcohol Research Center, founded in 1987 by a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism grant, has focused on researching the risks predisposing people to alcohol use disorder and binge drinking. The center has developed animal and human research models now used worldwide in alcohol abuse-related research.
David Kareken, director of the Indiana Alcohol Research Center, said in an email that renewed funding will be used to research various hypotheses of factors that could predispose people to extreme drinking.
Kareken said the center will investigate brain structure factors that could impact anxiety and tendencies towards disinhibited behavior. They will also investigate different kinds of tolerance to alcohol, developed both within drinking episodes and over long periods of time.