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Keywords:

  • Alcohol Screening;
  • Alcohol Use Disorders Identication Test;
  • Hazardous Drinking;
  • Alcohol Diagnosis

Research on the core version of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) is reviewed. Sensitivities and specificities of the AUDIT for criteria of current hazardous use and, to a slightly lesser extent, lifetime alcohol dependence are high. In general, AUDIT scores are at least moderately related to other self-report alcohol screening tests. Several studies also show them as correlated with biochemical measures of drinking. Results of the AUDIT have also been associated with more distal indicators of problematic drinking. Indices of internal consistency, including Cronbach's α and item-total correlations, are generally in the 0.80's. Future directions for research on the AUDIT are suggested.