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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Zehra Malik, M.B.B.S[2]



Screening tools include the

  • Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) is a simple ten-question test developed by the World Health Organization to determine if a person's alcohol consumption may be harmful[1].
    • Questions 1-3 deal with alcohol consumption
    • Questions 4-6 relate to alcohol dependence and
    • Questions 7-10 consider alcohol-related problems.
    • A score of 8 or more in men (7 in women) indicates a strong likelihood of hazardous or harmful alcohol consumption.
    • A score of 13 or more is suggestive of alcohol related harm.
  • and the CAGE screening test.
  • Revised Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment for Alcohol (CIWA-Ar) is the most appropriate tool to evaluate alcohol withdrawal severity[2][3].


  1. Higgins-Biddle JC, Babor TF (2018). "A review of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), AUDIT-C, and USAUDIT for screening in the United States: Past issues and future directions". Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 44 (6): 578–586. doi:10.1080/00952990.2018.1456545. PMC 6217805. PMID 29723083.
  2. Rastegar DA, Applewhite D, Alvanzo AAH, Welsh C, Niessen T, Chen ES (2017). "Development and implementation of an alcohol withdrawal protocol using a 5-item scale, the Brief Alcohol Withdrawal Scale (BAWS)". Subst Abus. 38 (4): 394–400. doi:10.1080/08897077.2017.1354119. PMID 28699845.
  3. Sullivan JT, Sykora K, Schneiderman J, Naranjo CA, Sellers EM (1989). "Assessment of alcohol withdrawal: the revised clinical institute withdrawal assessment for alcohol scale (CIWA-Ar)". Br J Addict. 84 (11): 1353–7. doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.1989.tb00737.x. PMID 2597811.

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