2020 Annual Letter

kathleen Madden


Greetings Friends, Family, and Supporters of FAR,

I want to thank you for your past and continuing support of FAR, and in the midst of this most difficult year — if it does not present an impossible hardship, I am asking for your support during this Giving Season. Here are the Top 5 Reasons for including FAR when you consider donations during this 2020 Giving Season:

5 – An estimated 14.1 million Americans are afflicted with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). Of these, only 7.9% received treatment.

4 – An estimated 414,000 Adolescents aged 12-17 suffer with AUD. Only 5.0% received treatment (NIAAA.nih.gov).

3 – Over 66 million people reported frequent binge drinking of alcohol (the most damaging type of drinking). Binge drinking is defined as 4 or more drinks for women and five or more for men over the span of just 2-3 hours (2016 United States Surgeon General’s Report).

2 – “An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making it the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States” (NIAAA.nih.gov).

Drumroll – 1 – A side effect of the pandemic and Americans spending way more time than ever before—sheltering at home, is an apparent rise in binge drinking alcohol. Nielsen reports that while overall alcohol sales are down due to restaurant and bar closings, off-premises sales of alcoholic beverages across the United States rose 55% in the week ending March 21, 2020. Online alcohol sales are up a stunning 243% compared to last year (Nielsen IQ)! And a recent study reported that heavy drinking has increased 41% from last year’s baseline self-reports (jamanetworkopen.2020.22942). As Dr. George F. Koob, Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), put it, “We know that the general population uses alcohol as a coping response; it’s a form of misregulation [sic]. …after the alcohol wears off, you’re in worse emotional shape than when you started” (https://youtube.com/watch?y=wmb0skJnzkk). This is intensely concerning for too many reasons to enumerate in this letter, but it would seem advisable for each of us, to frequently check in with family and friends who may be suffering even more under these isolating stay-at-home conditions. More published research may serve to increase awareness of the dangers of excessive consumption of alcohol.

To that end, I am pleased to inform you that two grants were awarded by FAR earlier this year: to the University of Vermont and to Virginia Commonwealth University. Due to the pandemic, the work of both of these eminent teams was put on hold in order to focus efforts on COVID-19 research and rightly so, but I am happy to report that both teams have resumed their work on the AUD projects. Both projects are translational research that we can anticipate will have immediate applications in improving healthcare protocols used to treat patients with AUD. We are very excited that their work is continuing. Your donations and continued support of FAR have made these grants possible. Thank you!

We can change the tragic landscape of AUD for its victims and their families —- and we are —through funding worthy university research! You may donate through PayPal or via credit card, using the link on our website www.alcoholismresearch.org or by sending a check to the above address.




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…

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  • Bill Young
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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