|Application||The AUDIT and AUDIT-C have been developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and are primarily used to screen for alcohol-related disorders. The aim is to identify people with a problematic level of alcohol consumption. The AUDIT is the full version. The AUDIT-C, which consists of only the consumption items is an even shorter and less intrusive measure which is usually accepted very well by clients.|
|Composition||The AUDIT consists of 10 Items of which three are related to alcohol consumption (all AUDIT-C questions), three related to alcohol dependency and four to alcohol abuse.|
|Reliability & Validity||The psychometric properties of the AUDIT have been researched in multiple studies. The results were very good. The test-retest reliability for example was › .85. The questionnaire further showed good correlations with comparable measures as the MAST and CAGE.|
|Cut-offs||A cut-off value of 8 (for men) was chosen, because at this value, a sensitivity above .9 and a specificity above .8 has been demonstrated. The cut-off for women was chosen to be a bit lower. These cut-off values inform about problematic drinking. For the identification of an alcohol abuse disorder, the cut-off value is around 15-20. For older recipients, above the age of 65, the cut-off value can be chosen a bit lower.|
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World Health Organization (2001). The alcohol Use disorders identification test. Guidelines for use in primary care. Geneva: World Health Organization.
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