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CAGE Questionnaire (CAGE)

CAGE Questionnaire

  • Have you ever felt you should C ut down on your drinking? 
  • Have people A nnoyed you by criticizing your drinking? 
  • Have you ever felt bad or G uilty about your drinking? 
  • Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover ( E ye opener)?

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How to Score

Item responses on the CAGE are scored 0 or 1, with a higher score an indication of alcohol problems. A total score of 2 or greater is considered clinically significant.

If the screen is positive, the clinician can further screen with quantity and frequency questions.

Sensitivity: 74%
Specificity 91%
Buchsbaum DG, et al. Annals of Internal
. 1991;115:774-777.

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