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Screening Test for Alcohol Abuse and Drug Dependency

Written By northidahodpc

Screening Test for Alcohol Abuse and Drug Dependency

April 19, 2012

 

The CAGE questionnaire was developed in 1970 and is widely used by physicians and mental health specialists to determine whether a patient’s alcohol or drug use has become problematic.  Although there are many other screening tools that have been created, this simple, four question test is quite accurate and easy to administer:

  1. Cut Down: Have you ever felt you ought to “Cut Down” on your drinking or drug use?
  2. Annoyance: Have people “Annoyed” you by criticizing your drinking or drug use?
  3. Guilt: Have you felt bad or “Guilty” about your drinking or drug use?
  4. Eye Opener: Have you ever had a drink or used drugs first thing in the morning as an “Eye Opener” to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover?

Give yourself the test and see how you score.  Each “yes” answer is scored as 1 point, with a score of 2 or more being clinically significant.  Further evaluation by a health care professional is recommended in this case.

If you are a member of North Idaho Direct Primary Care and need some support with possible alcoholism or drug addiction, contact us at 208-772-5204 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuel.  If you are not a member of North Idaho Direct Primary Care and would like to find out more about the medical and counseling services we provide, you can read about our practice here.

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