2021 Annual Letter

kathleen Madden


Greetings Friends and Family:

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
—- William Ernest Henley

This last verse from Henley’s powerful poem “Invictus,” is one that I reflect on frequently. Many of you may be familiar with this poem and if you followed the life and times of Nelson Mandela, you know that he had committed this poem to memory and recited it internally many times over his long imprisonment, as a tool to cope and finally to triumph over great adversity and oppression. It is a given that each of us — encounters adversities in life. Life, with all its beauties and joys, conversely presents each of us with challenges great and small, to face and labor to surmount.

You may have noticed one of the challenges for FAR this year, has been a shutdown and slow overhaul of our contact points. It seemed to happen suddenly and I hope it has not presented insurmountable difficulties (pun intended!) for anyone and I do apologize if it has indeed. It is a work-in-progress getting these revamped and up and running again.

FAR new contact info: Phone: 773-458-3813. Email: KAOMadden@gmail.com but the old email has been reinstated and is still available: info@alcoholismresearch.org.

Grants Update: Our 2 research teams are actively engaged in their projects. One team resides at Virginia Commonwealth University and the other is in process of transferring to Florida Atlantic University. We are excited at the ongoing progress on these 2 translational research projects that we anticipate will directly affect healthcare treatment/diagnosis and significantly further and facilitate additional research in the field of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)!

A million thanks for your past support of FAR; we could not have awarded these grants without you! Please consider making a donation during this Giving Season 2021. You may donate via check to PO Box 31135 Chicago IL 60631 or via PayPal Giving at our website www.alcoholismresearch.org.

Wishing you and your families happiness, prosperity, and sparkling good health for the coming holiday season and for the New Year 2022!

Kathleen Madden, President and Corresponding Secretary, FAR



Our Mission

To raise and distribute funds to perform research in the following areas: causes, identification, detection, prevention, treatment, and cure of/for Alcoholism. It is not to provide funds for rehabilitation, detoxification, counseling, or any personal aid to people with this disease.

FAR is a fully-qualified IRS 501(c) 3 public charity.

What is FAR – and Why?

FAR is concerned about the disease of alcoholism, not the beverage. FAR is the only public charity supporting research to find better solutions for those afflicted. The funding for such research has been small compared to other diseases, yet it is the 3rd most prevalent disease in the US.  Read more…

FAR Public Service Announcement

Join the Foundation for Alcoholism Research (FAR) on its mission to fund research into effective medical treatments for Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), one of America’s most prevalent and most destructive diseases. FAR is an all-volunteer 501 (c) 3 public charity and 100% of your donation goes to research. The most recent 2 grants were awarded earlier this year to Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Vermont-Burlington to fund seminal research which will consist of collecting and organizing data to better understand and improve the causes, identification, diagnosis, and treatment of AUD. FAR is the only public charity solely addressing research for alcohol addiction. Be part of the solution – donate today!

Memorial Funds


  • Bill Young
  • Mary Williamson
  • Kevin Baer
  • Joseph Deitch
  • Brett Hilgendorf
  • Paul Wittenburg
  • Michael Jones
  • Diane Clodfelter
  • Anonymous Mr. W.
  • Rita Kaye Byler
  • Mark Ferguson
  • Darick Sarley
  • Tammy Resko
  • Alexander AlbertoDuno
  • Michelle Lewis
  • Meg McKennon
  • Harry C. Moreland III
  • Walker Neuhaus
  • Marcy Lape
  • Nicolas Michael Marquez
  • Bob Morse
  • David Galli
  • Kenneth L. Hadsock
  • Jim Patterson
  • Anne Buckingham
  • Vannoy Thompson
  • Amy Grabina
  • Bryan Beaman
  • Diane Maye
  • Laura Jean Malay Murphy
  • Eric G. Madden
  • Walter Mercado
  • Edward Truan
  • Grant Zacher
  • Bruce Moran
  • Jason Meilike
  • Thomas Baran
  • Robert W. Doria
  • JoAnn (Bootsie) Jean Derer
  • Carter Roland Tague
  • Brian D. White
  • Gerard (Jerry) Saville
  • Jane McKillop Steingberg
  • Wes Holler
  • Kenneth Bronson Grimsley
  • Brandon Shane Dobbs


High-Dose Baclofen Supports Abstinence in Alcoholism

From Athens Greece: High doses of baclofen (multiple brands), a drug normally used to treat spasticity, supports alcohol-dependent patients in maintaining abstinence from alcohol and is reasonably well tolerated, new research indicates. Read More


Huge New Penn Study: Red Wine Not So Good For Your Heart After All

Uh, guys? I think the entire health community might soon take back everything good it’s ever said about red wine and heart health: A huge new study out of Penn Medicine, published today on BMJ.com, found absolutely no cardiovascular benefits to drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol, including red wine. Read more


Chilean Researchers Working on Alcoholism Vaccine

Researchers in Chile say that if their venture is successful, a shot a month could help alcoholics kick their habit.

A team of researchers in Chile are working to come up with a vaccine against alcoholism. If successful, the patient will get a shot a month and not crave alcohol anymore. Read more

In the News

Is Alcoholics Anonymous Irrational?

BBC | March 23, 2015

(BBC) Alcoholics Anonymous is a standard part of alcohol therapy in America. It was established 80 years ago and it’s famous 12 step philosophy says that in order to be cured an alcoholic must never drink a single drop again… Read More


A Cure for Alcoholism?

The Doctors | 2015

(The Doctors) Todd’s binge drinking has cost him his job and his family. He agrees to try a new medical treatment for alcoholism, a time-released implant that claims to curb alcohol cravings. Find out if the implant has any effect on this father. Plus, what advice does former child star and recovering alcoholic, Jeremy Miller, have for Todd?… Read More