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Alcohol Use and Early Life Stress

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Do Alcohol Use and Early Life Stress Affect Your Ability to Stay Calm?

Do you drink alcohol to deal with stress...
Are you looking for alcohol treatment?

Doctors at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) seek volunteers, 21 - 65 years of age, to participate in a study researching if alcohol dependence and early life stress affect the ability to learn to feel calm. All study-related tests and procedures are provided at no cost to you. Compensation may be provided.

Study involves:

  • A physical exam, providing medical history, blood draws and answering questionnaires
  • 2 MRIs with an overnight stay at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland
  • For heavy drinkers: An inpatient alcohol treatment program lasting 28 days at the NIH Clinical Center


  • Are 21 - 65 years of age
  • Had a stressful childhood
  • Are generally healthy

You may not be eligible if you:

  • Have any major medical problems, e.g. heart or lung condition, uncontrolled high blood pressure, etc.

Location: The NIH Clinical Center, America's research hospital, is conveniently located on the Metro Red Line (Medical Center stop) in Bethesda, Maryland.

For more information:
Call: 301-496-1993
TTY: 1-866-411-1010
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Or go online:
Refer to study # 15-AA-0127

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

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This page last updated on 10/22/2021

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