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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2012

Contact: Kathleen Joyce
kjoyce@nbwa.org; (800) 300-6417

America’s Beer Distributors Applaud NIH Announcement on Future of Alcohol Use, Abuse and Addiction-Related Research

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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to Retain Separate Institutional Identities

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) applauds National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins’ recent announcement that the NIH will “pursue functional integration, rather than major structural reorganization, to advance substance use, abuse, and addiction-related research.”

“NBWA is pleased to hear that the NIH is abandoning plans to merge illegal drugs with alcohol research,” said NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser.  “NIAAA plays an important federal role in highlighting that alcohol is indeed a different product, and it must continue to be regulated and researched differently.  NBWA looks forward to working with fellow members of the alcohol industry and the public health community to help ensure NIAA’s important work is strengthened, not weakened.”

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The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents the interests of America’s 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributor operations in every state, congressional district and media market across the country. Beer distributors are committed to ensuring alcohol is provided safely and responsibly to consumers of legal drinking age through the three-tier, state-based system of alcohol regulation and distribution.  To learn more about America’s beer distributors, visit www.AmericasBeerDistributors.com. For additional updates from NBWA, follow @MrBeerGuy on Twitter and visit www.facebook.com/Mr.BeerGuy

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