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Alcohol Use Assessment

Most adults who drink alcohol are moderate drinkers. They are at low risk for having a dependence on alcohol. If you are worried about your drinking, however, this tool will help you find out if you have a problem with alcohol.

The following four questions are used by health care providers to screen for alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence. The questions are collectively called CAGE. The name comes from the first letter of each question's theme.

1. Have you ever felt that you should Cut down on your drinking?
2. Have people Annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
3. Have you ever felt bad or Guilty about your drinking?
4. Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover (Eye opener)?

Online Resources

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism  http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/aa16.htm
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism  http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/aa65/AA65.htm
Health Services Technology/Assessment Texts (HSTAT), Screening and Assessment for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Among Adults in the Criminal Justice System, Appendix C Screening and Assessment Instruments  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?rid=hstat5.section.27966