II. Indications

  1. Screening for Alcohol Dependence

III. Background: Standard drink equivalents (12 grams of Alcohol)

  1. Can of 4.5% Beer (12 ounces)
  2. Glass of 12.9% wine (5 ounces)
  3. Glass of 40% or 80-proof liquor (1.5 ounces)

IV. History: NIAAA Quantity and Frequency Questionnaire

  1. How many days per week do you drink Alcohol on average?
  2. How many drinks do you have on a typical day?
  3. Maximum drinks on a single occasion in the past month?

V. Grading: Alcohol use

  1. U.S. NIAAA definition for "safe" Alcohol use
    1. Men: 2 drinks per day (1 drink if over age 65 years)
    2. Women: 1 drink per day
  2. U.S. NIAAA definition for "at risk" Alcohol use
    1. Men: >14 drinks per week or 5 drinks per occasion
    2. Women: >7 drinks per week or 4 drinks per occasion
  3. U.S. NIAAA definition for "heavy" Alcohol use
    1. Men: Over 5-6 drinks per day
    2. Women: Over 3-4 drinks per day

VI. Resources

  1. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
    1. http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/guide

VII. References

  1. (2000) NIH Publication 00-1583, p. 429-30

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