Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test

Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test

Definition

The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) is a screening test to identify persons with hazardous and harmful patterns of alcohol consumption. The AUDIT was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a simple method of screening for excessive drinking and to assist in brief assessment. It can help identify excessive drinking as the cause of the presenting illness. It provides a framework for intervention to help risky drinkers reduce or cease alcohol consumption and thereby avoid the harmful consequences of their drinking. The AUDIT also helps to identify alcohol dependence and some specific consequences of harmful drinking. It is particularly designed for health care practitioners and a range of health settings, but with suitable instructions it can be self-administered or used by non-health professionals.

Domains

Alcohol Use

Administrations

Self-administered

Assessment type

Clinical

Assessment modes

Questionnaire

Eligibility

14 years and above

Estimated time

2 to 4 minutes

Attribution

Saunders J.B., Aasland O.G., Babor T.F., de la Fuente J.R. and Grant M. Development of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT): WHO Collaborative Project on Early Detection of Persons with Harmful Alcohol Consumption II. Addiction 1993; 88:791-804.