• Screening for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

    The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are usually administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions
    Screening tests for alcohol abuse and alcoholism usually involve simple questionnaires, either verbally administered by a doctor or given in written form. Several of the most commonly tests include the CAGE, the Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (MAST), Self-Administered Alcoholism Screening Test (SAAST), The Alcohol Dependence Scale (ADS), the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), and the T-ACE Test.
    Some healthcare providers use a single question for screening: "When was the last time you had more than five drinks (for men) or four drinks (for women) in one day?" About 50% of all individuals who have a problem with drinking alcohol will answer "within three months" to this question.

    References

    Alcohol screening: four screening steps. American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/clinical/publichealth/alcohol/4steps.html . Accessed April 14, 2007.

    Allen JP, Wilson VB, eds. Assessing Alcohol Problems: A Guide for Clinicians and Researchers. 2nd ed. US Department of Health and Human Services; 2003. Publication No. 03-3745. National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism website. Available at: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/Assesing%20Alcohol/index.htm . Accessed April 14, 2007.

    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism website. Available at: http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/ .

    Screening for alcohol use and alcohol related problems. Alcohol Alert. No. 65. National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism website. Available at: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/aa65/AA65.htm . Accessed April 15, 2007.

    Screening tests. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism website. Available at: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh28-2/78-79.htm . Accessed April 14, 2007.

    Revision Information

  • Join WellZones today.

    Make a Change For LifeLearn more

    Wellmont LiveWell is creating a new tradition of wellness in the mountains by providing individuals with tools and encouragement to live healthier lifestyles.

  • HeartSHAPE Spotlight

    HeartSHAPE® Test Learn more

    Fight heart disease early and prevent heart attacks with HeartSHAPE® - a painless, non-invasive test that takes pictures of your heart to scan for early-stage coronary disease.

  • Calories and Energy Needs

    Calorie NeedsLearn more

    How many calories do you need to eat each day to maintain your weight and fuel your physical activity? Enter a few of your stats into this calculator to find out.

  • Ideal Body Weight

    Ideal Body WeightLearn more

    Using body mass index as a reference, this calculator determines your ideal body weight range. All you need to do is enter your height.

  • Body Mass Index

    Body Mass IndexLearn more

    This tool considers your height and weight to assess your weight status.


  • Can we help answer your questions?

    Wellmont Nurse Connection is your resource for valuable health information any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Speak to a Nurse any time, day or night, at (423) 723-6877 or toll-free at 1-877-230-NURSE.