Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
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Alcohol Use Disorders Indentification Test (AUDIT), The

  • Matthew P. MartensEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_9009

Synonyms

AUDIT; AUDIT Alcohol Consumption Questions (AUDIT-C)

Description

The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT: Saunders et al. 1993) consists of ten questions that assess quantity/frequency of alcohol consumption (e.g., number of drinks typically consumed when drinking alcohol), symptoms of a potential alcohol use disorder (e.g., frequency of not engaging in expected activities due to alcohol use), and specific problems associated with alcohol use (e.g., injuring someone else). It is not a formal diagnostic measure but is used to identify individuals who may be engaging in harmful alcohol use. Scores on each item range from 0 to 4, with higher scores indicating more problematic alcohol use. Scores of 8+ on the measure have generally been used to identify individuals engaging in potentially hazardous or harmful alcohol use. The developers of the measure recommend that those who exceed the screening threshold should be advised to consider cutting down on their alcohol...

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References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MissouriColumbiaUSA