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Comparative Study of Alcohol Screening Measures

The development of the AUDIT, and its shorter counterpart the AUDIT-C, by the World Health Organization has become the standard measure for screening and evaluating alcohol problem severity. Experts conducted a study to test the AUDIT-C against another psychometrically sound brief measure of alcohol use, the Quick Drinking Screen (QDS). Data was collected from 472 alcohol abuser self-reports and revealed higher variability in responses across the AUDIT-C versus the QDS answers suggesting that the AUDIT-C is less reliable as a measurement of alcohol consumption.

The study “Two Brief Measures of Alcohol Use Produce Different Results: AUDIT-C and Quick Drinking Screen,” is published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism supported this research effort.

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