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ALCOHOL USE DISORDERS IDENTIFICATION TEST (AUDIT)

Introduce this structured interview by telling the patient that you will be asking questions about his or her use of alcoholic beverages during the past year. Circle the number that comes closest to the patient's answer.

1. How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?

    0. Never
    1. Monthly or less
    2. Two to four times a month
    3. Two to three times a week
    4. Four or more times a week

2. How many drinks containing alcohol do you have on a typical day when you are drinking?

    0. 1 or 2
    1. 3 or 4
    2. 5 or 6
    3. 7-9
    4. 10 or more

3. How often do you have six or more drinks on one occasion?

    0. Never
    1. Less than monthly
    2. Monthly
    3. Weekly
    4. Daily or almost daily

4. How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?

    0. Never
    1. Less than monthly
    2. Monthly
    3. Weekly
    4. Daily or almost daily

5. How often during the past year have you failed to do what was normally expected from you because of drinking?

    0. Never
    1. Less than monthly
    2. Monthly
    3. Weekly
    4. Daily or almost daily

6. How often during the last year have you needed a first drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?

    0. Never
    1. Less than monthly
    2. Monthly
    3. Weekly
    4. Daily or almost daily

7. How often during the last year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking?

    0. Never
    1. Less than monthly
    2. Monthly
    3. Weekly
    4. Daily or almost daily

8. How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?

    0. Never
    1. Less than monthly
    2. Monthly
    3. Weekly
    4. Daily or almost daily

9. Have you or someone else been injured as a result of your drinking?

    0. No
    2. Yes, but not in the last year
    4. Yes, during the last year

10. How often has a friend, relative, doctor, or other health worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down?

    0. Never
    1. Less than monthly
    2. About once a month
    3. About once a week
    4. Several times a week

A score of 8 or above is considered indicative of a clinical alcohol disorder, and further evaluation should be performed.