Screening Tools

A number of screening tools can be used in the ED and they are as follows:

  • The CAGE questionnaire (Table 1)
  • Similarly the Fast Alcohol Screening Test (FAST) screening tool is useful for ED settings (Table 2). This is a concise version of the AUDIT screening tool [5-7]
  • The Paddington Alcohol Test (PAT) has also been shown to be a quick and easy method to identify hazardous drinkers in the ED [8]

Learning Bite

Screening questionnaire tools should be used to identify problem drinking in the ED

CAGE questionnaire (Table 1)

The CAGE questionnaire is a useful screening tool.

C Have you ever felt the need to cut down your drinking?

A Have you ever felt annoyed by criticism of your drinking?

G Have you ever felt guilty about your drinking?

E Have you ever taken a drink (eye opener) first thing in the morning?

Yes to two or more of the above suggests alcohol excess.

Fast Alcohol Screening Test (FAST)