Detection of problem drinkers: The alcohol use disorders identification test (AUDIT)

Ann Schmidt*, Kristen L. Barry, Michael F. Fleming

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This study was conducted to test the predictive validity of a new alcohol screening test, the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), in a general medicine teaching clinic and to assess physician recognition and treatment of alcohol and drug disorders. The research procedures included completion of the AUDIT, a standardized diagnostic alcohol and drug assessment, an exit interview, and a chart review. The random sample comprised 132 recruited subjects. The internal reliability of the AUDIT was.77. The optimal cutoff score for the AUDIT in this sample was 5, with a sensitivity of.61 and specificity of. 84. The exit interviews revealed that physicians asked their patients about alcohol use and drug use with 20% (n = 26) and 17% (n = 23) of the sample, respectively. Five of the 28 patients who met DSM-IIIR criteria had a diagnosis recorded in the chart.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-59
Number of pages8
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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