Posted in alcohol use disorders Identification Test behavior

Quantifying alcohol-related problems with AUDIT

Is it possible to quantify alcohol-related problems? During the past half a century, researchers have been grappling with this problem. They have developed a plethora of tools to quantify alcohol-related problems depending on how they define it. One such famous tool to date is the A.U.D.I.T.: (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification…

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Posted in Applications

Adapting AUDIT’s Quantity-Frequency questions

In my last post, I discussed in detail the challenges I had to face in the attempt of administering the AUDIT’s quantify-frequency question items. I overcame these challenges successfully. And I have presented the adaptation process in many scientific fora in Sri Lanka and elsewhere such as the US and…

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Posted in alcohol use disorders Identification Test Applications

How to estimate the amount of alcohol consumed

The problem: Accurately estimating the ethanol amount drank is critical for a proper assessment not only among individuals but in the community also. However, the ethanol content varies significantly by its type; 5% in beer; 10% – 12% in wine, and 40% in spirits. If someone consumes two glasses of spirits,…

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Measuring alcohol consumption

While I was validating the AUDIT – a tool widely used to quantify alcohol consumption and related problems – to the Sri Lankan context, although researchers and practitioners all over the world have been using it for decades, I faced many difficulties in translating its first three questions: the quantity-frequency…

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Posted in Paradoxes

Prevention paradox in alcohol-related problems

Researchers have examined the applicability of the prevention paradox in alcohol-related problems: One year after Rose’s paper, in 1986, Norman Kreitman did jus that. He published his findings in the British Journal of Addiction. As Rose did, Kreitman also used others’ data in his endeavor. Kreitman’s paper I chose two…

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