Efficient, inexpensive screening for early stage alcohol problems is important in
health care settings. The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) has been
studied extensively to establish its value in this regard.
A literature search that used EtOH as a database was conducted to identify studies
published on the AUDIT through September 2001. Keywords used for the search were "Alcohol
Use Disorders Identification Test" and "AUDIT." All studies reporting psychometric
properties of the measure were reviewed with particular attention being given to the
period 1996 and later. A small number of additional references were located by noting
their citation in other studies reviewed.
Although more research is needed on non-English versions to establish their psychometric
properties, at least in its English edition, the AUDIT demonstrates sensitivities
and specificities comparable, and typically superior, to those of other self-report
screening measures. Test-retest reliability and internal consistency are also quite
favorable. For males, the AUDIT-C, a shortened version of the AUDIT, appears approximately
equal in validity to the full scale.
Recent research continues to support use of the AUDIT as a means of screening for
alcohol use disorders in health care settings in the United States.