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Two simple questions to pick up problem drinkers

10th July 2014
Researchers have analysed 17 studies on simple questions to detect alcohol problems, with over 5,500 patients.

AlcoholThey found two simple questions can identify - with 87% accuracy - those with a drinking problem, whilst accurately filtering out 80% of those who do not.

The researches said if the identified patients answer a further question they can increase the accuracy to 91%.

The study was published in the British Journal of General Practice.

The two questions were:
  • How often do you have six or more drinks on one occasion?
  • As a result of your drinking, did anything happen in the last year that you wish didn’t happen?
A spokesperson from the study, said: "Our work shows that asking just two questions to patients works modestly well, but they need to be followed up by a longer questionnaire of four questions in those who initially screen positive."

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