Alcohol Use Screening Tests: MedlinePlus Medical Test (2022)

What are alcohol use screening tests?

Alcohol use screening tests are questionnaires designed to find out if you have alcohol use disorder (AUD). AUD is a pattern of excessive drinking that can cause serious problems in your work, relationships, and health. AUD can be mild, moderate, or severe. Severe AUD is sometimes called alcohol abuse or alcoholism.

Most people who drink alcohol don't have AUD. But if you have AUD, you may:

  • Find it hard to control the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Spend a lot of time thinking about drinking
  • Need increasing amounts of alcohol to feel its effects

AUD is a disease that can be treated. If you have AUD, an alcohol use screening test can help your provider make an effective treatment plan for you.

Other names: Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), AUDIT-C, Cut down Annoyed, Guilty, Eye-opener (CAGE) tool, Tolerance, Annoyed Cut down, Eye-opener (T-ACE) tool, Screening with Brief Intervention (SBI) Tool

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Why do I need an alcohol use screening test?

You may need a screening test if you have symptoms of alcohol use disorder (AUD). These include:

  • Drinking more or longer than you planned
  • Trying to cut down or quit but being unable to do it
  • Hiding liquor bottles and glasses so others don't see evidence of drinking
  • Strong craving for alcohol
  • Continuing to drink even if it causes problems in your personal relationships, work, school, and/or health
  • Building up a tolerance to alcohol. That means you need more and more alcohol to feel its effects.

Some people with AUD don't know or want to admit they have a problem. If your family, friends, or co-workers express concerns about your drinking, talk to your health care provider about getting a screening. Your provider may also recommend a screening if they notice signs and symptoms of the disorder.

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What happens during an alcohol use screening test?

Alcohol use screening may be done by your primary care provider or a mental health provider. A mental health provider is a health care professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental health problems. Some mental health providers specialize in treating AUD and similar disorders.

There are different types of alcohol use screening tests. But they each include questions about your drinking habits and how they affect your life. The most commonly used alcohol screening tests are:

  • Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT). This test contains 10 multiple choice questions about how much and how often you drink alcohol and if you have any alcohol-related problems or reactions. The answers are scored on a point system. A score of 8 or more may indicate AUD.
  • AUDIT-C is a shortened version of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT). It contains three multiple choice questions. Each answer is valued from 0 to 4 points. The higher the score, the more likely it is you have AUD.
  • Cut down Annoyed, Guilty, Eye-opener (CAGE). This contains the following yes or no questions:
    • Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?
    • Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
    • Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?
    • Eye-opener: have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves?

Two or more "yes" answers may indicate AUD.

  • Tolerance, Annoyed Cut down, Eye-opener T-ACE. This test is similar to CAGE and is targeted toward pregnant women. It contains the following yes or no questions:
    • Tolerance: How many drinks does it take to make you feel high?
    • Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
    • Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?
    • Eye-opener: have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves?

Two or more "yes" answers indicate a possible AUD.

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  • Screening with Brief Intervention (SBI) Tools. These tests contain a series of yes or no questions targeted to developing brief interventions. Brief interventions are short-term counseling sessions and treatment strategies designed to help people make changes in their drinking behaviors and habits. If your test shows you have or are at risk for a serious drinking problem, a long-term treatment plan may be recommended.

Some questionnaires, including the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), are available online for self-testing. You can ask your provider how to access these tests.

Are there any risks to the test?

There is no risk in taking a questionnaire.

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What do the results mean?

Some results may show whether you have AUD. Others may show the level of severity of AUD. For those tests, your results may be in one of the following or similarly named categories:

  • Mild. You may have one or two symptoms of problem drinking. It's not a level that is considered hazardous, a pattern of drinking that puts your health at risk and/or has harmful social effects on you or others. But if you have one or two symptoms now, you may be at risk for developing a more serious problem in the future. Your provider may recommend steps to help you change your drinking habits.
  • Moderate or Hazardous. You have four or five symptoms of a drinking problem. Your provider may recommend a brief intervention or other treatments.
  • Severe or Alcohol Dependent You may need more intensive treatment. This can include seeing a specialist, medication, support groups, and/or addiction recovery programs.

Is there anything else I need to know about an alcohol use screening test?

Some people with AUD are able to change their behaviors to cut back on drinking. Other people will need to stop completely. This is known as abstinence. Depending on the severity of your disorder, your provider may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

  • Brief or long-term counseling from a mental health provider who specializes in treating AUD
  • Support groups. There are many different approaches and formats to alcohol use disorder support groups. Talk with your provider to find a group and approach that's right for you.
  • Medication-assisted treatment. Certain medications may reduce your cravings for alcohol. These medicines are only for people who have stopped or are trying to stop drinking altogether.

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FAQs

What is the best alcohol screening test? ›

The most commonly used alcohol screening tests are: Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT). This test contains 10 multiple choice questions about how much and how often you drink alcohol and if you have any alcohol-related problems or reactions. The answers are scored on a point system.

What lab tests show chronic alcohol use? ›

Specific markers for chronic alcohol use are carbohydrate-deficient transferrin (CDT) and phosphatidylethanol (PEth). Nonspecific markers include gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT), mean corpuscular volume (MCV), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), and alanine aminotransferase (ALT).

What is a fast alcohol screening test? ›

Fast alcohol screening test (FAST)

FAST is an alcohol harm assessment tool. It consists of a subset of questions from the full alcohol use disorders identification test (AUDIT). FAST was developed for use in emergency departments, but can be used in a variety of health and social care settings.

How would you screen for alcohol use in a patient? ›

Instead, NIAAA recommends healthcare professionals use the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT). This tool asks 10 questions to determine how much and how often the patient consumes alcohol, identify the pattern of alcohol use, and gauge whether the patient may have an AUD.

Can you pass a alcohol test in 24 hours? ›

Urine tests can detect alcohol in your system much longer after you've consumed alcohol. On average, a urine test could detect alcohol between 12 to 48 hours after drinking. Some advanced urine tests can detect alcohol even 80 hours after you've had a drink.

What is the most commonly used screening tool? ›

The SASSI-3 (Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory, 3rd Edition), is one of the most widely used proprietary screening tools in the United States.

How long can a blood test detect alcohol use? ›

Alcohol detection tests can measure alcohol in the blood for up to 6 hours, on the breath for 12 to 24 hours, urine for 12 to 24 hours (72 or more hours with more advanced detection methods), saliva for 12 to 24 hours, and hair for up to 90 days.

How long does alcohol stay in your blood before a blood test? ›

Blood: Alcohol is eliminated from the bloodstream at about 0.015 per hour. Alcohol can show up in a blood test for up to 12 hours. Urine: Alcohol can be detected in urine for up 3 to 5 days via the ethyl glucuronide (EtG) test or 10 to 12 hours via the traditional method.

Can a doctor tell if you drink alcohol? ›

The short answer is yes: blood testing can show heavy alcohol use. However, timing plays a significant role in the accuracy of blood alcohol testing. In a typical situation, blood alcohol tests are only accurate six to 12 hours after someone consumes their last beverage.

What is a good AUDIT score? ›

A score of 1 to 7 suggests low-risk consumption according to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. Scores from 8 to 14 suggest hazardous or harmful alcohol consumption and a score of 15 or more indicates the likelihood of alcohol dependence (moderate-severe alcohol use disorder).

Why is alcohol screening important? ›

Health & Social Harm: Excessive alcohol use contributes to a wide range of negative health and social consequences, including motor vehicle crashes and intimate partner violence; over time, it can result in serious medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, digestive problems, liver disease, and various cancers.

What does AUDIT-C positive mean? ›

AUDIT C score

Scoring: ● A total of 5 or more is a positive screen. ● 0 to 4 indicates low risk. ● 5 to 7 indicates increasing risk. ● 8 to10 indicates higher risk.

What types of alcohol tests are there? ›

The three most common methods for testing BAC are breath, blood, and urine tests. Many states require a breath test, but some allow you to request a blood or urine test.

What is single question alcohol screening? ›

The NIAAA Single-Item Screener is a single question that may be used to screen men and women (separately) for unhealthy alcohol use. It has been validated in primary care settings; the specific language for men and women appears below. Men: How many times in the past year have you had five or more drinks in a day?

How often do you drink alcohol questionnaire? ›

1) How often do you have a drink containing alcohol? 2) How many drinks containing alcohol do you have on a typical day when you are drinking? 3) How often do you have 5 or more drinks on one occasion? 4) How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?

Can I pass an EtG test after 1 beer? ›

Will One Drink Show Up on an EtG Test? Yes, one drink can show up on an EtG test. Other factors like how often you urinate before the test and how soon after drinking you take the test also play roles. One drink will probably show up on an EtG test if you drank it that day.

Does drinking water reduce EtG? ›

Studies show that the intake of water prior to urine sampling results in a dramatic reduction in the EtG concentration, while expressing EtG as a ratio to creatinine is not affected by dilution.

Will I fail a drug test if I drank the night before? ›

Since alcohol can stay in your body anywhere from several hours to a few days, the best way to guarantee you'll pass a drug test is to not use alcohol for about 2 or 3 days before taking a test. Especially if the type of test your taking looks for intake of both drugs and alcohol, it's better to stay safe than sorry.

Is there a test for addiction? ›

Diagnosing drug addiction (substance use disorder) requires a thorough evaluation and often includes an assessment by a psychiatrist, a psychologist, or a licensed alcohol and drug counselor. Blood, urine or other lab tests are used to assess drug use, but they're not a diagnostic test for addiction.

What is a drug of abuse screen? ›

Drugs of abuse testing is used to screen for and confirm the presence of several drugs in a person's sample, such as urine, blood or hair. Drug testing is used so that a person may receive appropriate medical treatment or be screened for or monitored for illegal drug use.

What instrument is used for drug screening? ›

Gas Chromatograph (GC)

Most frequently the instrument is used for preliminary testing, or for quantitative analyses of controlled substances already identified by either the GC-MS or FT-IR.

How far back does blood test show drugs? ›

Unlike urine samples, blood samples generally detect alcohol and drug compounds themselves rather than their metabolites. Blood testing typically detects substance use that occurred within 2 to 12 hours of the test [7].

How far back can a CDT test detect alcohol? ›

Transferrin remains in the circulation for 7 to 14 days and CDT, therefore, can give an indication of alcohol consumption over this period of time, which gives it an advantage over blood or urine alcohol measurements which only remain elevated for 24-48 hours after alcohol consumption.

Does alcohol affect blood test next day? ›

Alcohol lasts for about 8-12 hours in our bloodstream, which makes it obvious that it can be detected in blood if you consume alcohol before blood test. A urine test can detect alcohol for up to 48 hours while breath tests can show alcohol use for up to 24 hours.

Will a sip of alcohol show up in a urine test? ›

Even after drinking a small amount of alcohol, there is enough EtG or EtS to be detected in a urine sample.

How can I lower my blood alcohol level? ›

There are specific steps you can take to help reduce the effects of alcohol.
  1. Food may help your body absorb alcohol.
  2. Water can help reduce your BAC.
  3. Avoid caffeine. It's a myth that coffee, energy drinks, or similar beverages alleviate intoxication quicker.

What can cause your blood alcohol level to be high without drinking? ›

It's sometimes called “drunkenness disease.” This rare condition makes you intoxicated — drunk — without drinking alcohol. This happens when your body turns sugary and starchy foods (carbohydrates) into alcohol.
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Who can get it?
  • poor nutrition.
  • antibiotics.
  • inflammatory bowel disease.
  • diabetes.
  • low immune system.
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Do people lie about alcohol intake? ›

Blurred Lines: 1 in 5 Americans admit lying to their doctor about how much alcohol they consume. Half of drinkers would ignore their doctor's advice to cut down their alcohol intake. Men are more likely to lie about their drinking than women.

Do people lie about how much they drink? ›

Who we lie to about drinking: GPs and our parents. The survey asked those who said they have lied about how much they drink who they lied to, and how many times. Among those who have ever lied about drinking, two thirds (60%) lied to their GP – one in six (14%) have done so more than 5 times.

Should you lie to your doctor about alcohol? ›

Lying about a nicotine habit can cause problems if you need surgery. Smoking can interfere with your healing process, so doctors need to know if you light up. Be honest about how much you drink. Alcohol can interfere with certain meds and tests.

What is a high audit score? ›

The AUDIT-C is scored on a scale of 0-12 (scores of 0 reflect no alcohol use). In men, a score of 4 or more is considered positive; in women, a score of 3 or more is considered positive. Generally, the higher the AUDIT-C score, the more likely it is that the patient's drinking is affecting his/her health and safety.

How do I calculate my audit score? ›

This is determined by multiplying the item outcome (0, 50 or 100) by its weight. For example, if your outcome for an item weighted at a 2 was red, the score would be 2 (weight) x 0 (outcome). If your outcome for that same item was yellow, the score would be 2 (weight) x 50 (outcome).

Is the audit test reliable? ›

AUDIT has a high level of internal consistency and high reliability and validity in relation to clinical diagnosis.

What is the difference between screening and assessment for substance abuse? ›

Screening is a process for evaluating the possible presence of a particular problem. The outcome is normally a simple yes or no. Assessment is a process for defining the nature of that problem, determining a diagnosis, and developing specific treatment recommendations for addressing the problem or diagnosis.

How do social services test for alcohol? ›

The comprehensive range include blood analysis, 3- or 6-month hair analyses to show alcohol consumption over a period of time, nail alcohol testing and instant breath tests.

How is the mast assessment scored? ›

How is the MAST Assessment Scored? Take the total sum of points associated with each answer type. Five points or more indicates the probability of a substance abuser, four points is suggestive, and three or less is normal. Eight points or above is stronger evidence for chronic substance abuse or dependence.

What are the CAGE questions for alcoholism? ›

Have you ever felt you needed to Cut down on your drinking? Have people Annoyed you by criticizing your drinking? Have you ever felt Guilty about drinking? Have you ever felt you needed a drink first thing in the morning (Eye-opener) to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?

Which is better AUDIT or AUDIT-C? ›

The AUDIT-C performed best at a cutoff ≥ 3, better in men (sensitivity: 99.3%, specificity: 77.8%) than women (sensitivity: 91.7%, specificity: 77.4%). The AUDIT-3 performed poorly (maximum sensitivity: < 90%, maximum specificity: <51%). According to AUROC, the AUDIT-C performed better than the AUDIT-3.

What is AUDIT tool for alcohol? ›

Developed by the World Health Organization, the AUDIT is a brief (10-item) screening tool that primary care practitioners, healthcare paraprofessionals, and individuals can use to screen others, or themselves, for problematic alcohol use.

What is the most accurate test for alcohol? ›

Ethanol. Serum ethanol testing provides the most accurate determination of a patient's alcohol level. Acute ethanol intoxication is not reliably detected by serum ethanol testing beyond the first 6-8 hours.

Can a blood test tell if you are an alcoholic? ›

Blood tests can help to identify excessive alcohol use and possible liver damage. These tests have a low sensitivity and therefore should be used only to confirm suspected alcohol problems, not as a sole screening test. Blood tests can also be used to monitor changes in patients' alcohol consumption.

Are blood alcohol tests accurate? ›

Blood alcohol tests are very accurate in determining BAC levels, but in some cases, the results may be misleading. These cases may involve: People with diabetes or high blood ketones. People taking cough medicines or herbal supplements.

What instrument is used for alcohol screening? ›

Short screening instruments, such as the CAGE, BMAST, AUDIT, and TWEAK, can be useful tools in identifying problem-drinking patterns.

How is an alcohol test? ›

A health care professional will take a blood sample from a vein in your arm, using a small needle. After the needle is inserted, a small amount of blood will be collected into a test tube or vial. You may feel a little sting when the needle goes in or out. This process usually takes less than five minutes.

What is the difference between Cage and audit? ›

The AUDIT questionnaire has been found not only to have a high sensitivity (83%) and specificity (90%) for identifying alcohol dependence, but also to be more sensitive than the CAGE questionnaire (85% vs 75%) for identifying harmful drinking, hazardous drinking, and at-risk drinking.

What happens when you drink alcohol everyday? ›

Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases and other serious problems including: High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems. Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, voice box, liver, colon, and rectum.

How much alcohol is too much for your liver? ›

Your risk for developing liver disease increases greatly if you are a woman and consume 30 grams or more of hard alcohol daily over a course of five to 10 years or 50 grams or more daily if you are a man. That's equivalent to about two and one-third shots of hard alcohol a day.

How much alcohol is OK for your liver? ›

Women with a healthy liver should not drink more than 1 alcoholic beverage a day (or 7 drinks in 1 week). Men with a healthy liver should not drink more than 2 drinks a day (or 14 drinks in 1 week).

Which is better AUDIT or AUDIT-C? ›

The AUDIT-C performed best at a cutoff ≥ 3, better in men (sensitivity: 99.3%, specificity: 77.8%) than women (sensitivity: 91.7%, specificity: 77.4%). The AUDIT-3 performed poorly (maximum sensitivity: < 90%, maximum specificity: <51%). According to AUROC, the AUDIT-C performed better than the AUDIT-3.

How far back can alcohol be detected in your urine? ›

Alcohol detection tests can measure alcohol in the blood for up to 6 hours, on the breath for 12 to 24 hours, urine for 12 to 24 hours (72 or more hours with more advanced detection methods), saliva for 12 to 24 hours, and hair for up to 90 days.

What types of alcohol tests are there? ›

The three most common methods for testing BAC are breath, blood, and urine tests. Many states require a breath test, but some allow you to request a blood or urine test.

What is the CAGE test for alcoholism? ›

It's a set of questions that are used to show you may have a substance abuse dependency in adults. The letters CAGE stand for Cut, Annoyed, Guilty, and Eye, based on the questions that can help tell if you have a substance abuse problem. It was first developed to show people they may have an alcohol abuse problem.

What is an alcohol AUDIT score? ›

AUDIT scores are interpreted as: Low-risk drinking: score of 1–7. Hazardous drinking: score of 8–15. Harmful drinking: score of 16–19. Possible alcohol dependence: score of 20 or more.

What are the four CAGE questions? ›

CAGE Alcohol Questionnaire (CAGE)
  • Have you ever felt you needed to Cut down on your drinking? ...
  • Have people Annoyed you by criticizing your drinking? ...
  • Have you ever felt Guilty about drinking? ...
  • Have you ever felt you needed a drink first thing in the morning (Eye-opener) to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?

What is a high AUDIT-C score? ›

The AUDIT-C is scored on a scale of 0-12 (scores of 0 reflect no alcohol use). In men, a score of 4 or more is considered positive; in women, a score of 3 or more is considered positive. Generally, the higher the AUDIT-C score, the more likely it is that the patient's drinking is affecting his/her health and safety.

Can you drink alcohol the night before a urine test? ›

Since alcohol can stay in your body anywhere from several hours to a few days, the best way to guarantee you'll pass a drug test is to not use alcohol for about 2 or 3 days before taking a test. Especially if the type of test your taking looks for intake of both drugs and alcohol, it's better to stay safe than sorry.

Can a urine test detect one beer? ›

Even when drinking a small amount, EtG can be detected (found) within the urine. An EtG test is the most accurate test as EtG can be detected within someone's urine for about two days or 48 hours. If the drinking is heavier, it can be detected for up to three days or 72 hours.

Will a routine blood test show alcohol? ›

A standard, routine blood test does not detect ethanol (drinking alcohol). However, alcohol testing, as well as 5-panel and 10-panel drug tests, is very common for blood sample testing.

How accurate are alcohol tests? ›

Are test results accurate? While no test is accurate 100% of the time, alcohol blood tests are the most accurate method to determine the amount of alcohol in a person's body.

What can cause a high blood alcohol level without drinking? ›

It's sometimes called “drunkenness disease.” This rare condition makes you intoxicated — drunk — without drinking alcohol. This happens when your body turns sugary and starchy foods (carbohydrates) into alcohol.
...
Who can get it?
  • poor nutrition.
  • antibiotics.
  • inflammatory bowel disease.
  • diabetes.
  • low immune system.
1 Nov 2018

What is a positive CAGE score? ›

Item responses on the CAGE are scored 0 or 1, with a higher score an indication of alcohol problems. A total score of 2 or greater is considered clinically significant.

Can a brain scan show alcoholism? ›

Circuitry Also Damaged by Alcohol

Previous MRI studies of the brains of alcoholics found significant volume deficits in the cerebellar hemispheres and vermis, pons, and thalamus as well as the prefrontal, frontal, and parietal cortex.

What questions do they ask in an alcohol assessment? ›

The answers to these questions will help the assessor determine the level of care needed for each individual.
  • How often do you use alcohol or drugs?
  • What types of alcohol or drugs do you use?
  • How much alcohol or drugs do you use?
  • How long have you been using alcohol or drugs?
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