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Focus

Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinician's Guide 

Starting Point Questions

One screening tool social workers may wish to use if they suspect that a client may abuse alcohol is the CAGE assessment: 

C - Have you ever felt that you should cut down on your drinking? 

A - Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking? 

G - Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking? 

E - How long after you wake up to you have a drink (eye-opener)? 

Another is AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) 

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

0: Never

1: Monthly or less

2: 2-4x per month

3: 2-3x per week

4: 4 or more times per week

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

0: None

1: 1 or 2

2: 3 or 4

3: 5 or 6

4: 7-9

3. How often do you have 6 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 last 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: Never

2: Yes, but not in the last year

4: Yes, during the last year 

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

0: Never

2: Yes, but not in the last year

4: Yes, during the last year

A total score of 8 or higher is considered positive for possible alcohol use disorder.

Definitions

Binge drinking is defined for women as:

Binge drinking for men is defined as:

Resources