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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Effectiveness of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test in occupational health screenings.

This study evaluated the effectiveness of the 10-item Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) among occupational health screenings. AUDIT was available from 32 male and 93 female employees, mainly of academic organizations; 22 alcoholic men reporting to treatment at a detoxification clinic served as a reference group. Two other structured questionnaires, the Malmö modified Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (Mm-MAST) and the CAGE, were compared with the AUDIT, and comparisons were also made to the self-reported weekly alcohol consumption. The total score on the AUDIT correlated equally with the self-reported alcohol consumption, especially when the alcoholics were excluded (r = 0.73, p < 0.001) as the Mm-MAST (r = 0.58, p < 0.001) and CAGE (r = 0.33, p = 0.005). All three questionnaires were good at detecting male alcoholics: using the cut-off point of at least 8 positive answers on the AUDIT, 3 on the Mm-MAST, and 3 on the CAGE. The sensitivities were 100%, 100%, and 91%, respectively. In the AUDIT, however, there was a clearer difference related to the cut-off level than with the Mm-MAST and CAGE. With the cut-off of 8 points, 31% of the male and 11% of the female employees were classified as suspect heavy drinkers. The AUDIT was significantly more often accurate than the two other questionnaires, especially among female employees in detecting suspect early-phase heavy drinkers and thus seems to be suitable for health screenings.[1]


  1. Effectiveness of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test in occupational health screenings. Seppä, K., Mäkelä, R., Sillanaukee, P. Alcohol. Clin. Exp. Res. (1995) [Pubmed]
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