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Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT)


How to Use

The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Text (AUDIT) is a simple 10-question test developed by the World Health Organization. The purpose of the test is to determine if a person’s alcohol consumption is harmful. 

The AUDIT takes about 5 minutes to administer: Questions 1–3 deal with alcohol consumption, 4–6 relate to alcohol dependence and 7–10 consider alcohol-related problems.


How to Score

  • Scores between 8 and 15 are most appropriate for simple advice focused on the reduction of hazardous drinking 
  • Scores between 16 and 19 suggest brief counseling and continued monitoring
  • Scores of 20 or above warrant further diagnostic evaluation for alcohol dependence

The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test: Guidelines for Use in Primary Care  available at:

Sensitivity and Specificity

Cut-off Value 8 points

  • Sensitivity: mid 0.90’s
  • Specificity: averaged in the 0.80’s

Saunders, JB et al. Development of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT): WHO collaborative project on early detection of persons with harmful alcohol consumption. II. Addiction, 88, 791-804, 1993. .

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