Screening Tools


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If a person scores high on a pre-screen, a full screen should be conducted. The local access center or help-line can complete the full screen. See our Get Help Now webpage for their contact phone number.

Pre-Screenings for Substance Use Disorders:

    • Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test - Consumption (AUDIT-C). (3 items)    Bradley, DeBenedetti, Volk, Williams, Frank, & Kivlahan. (2007). AUDIT-C as a brief screen for alcohol misuse in primary care. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 31(7), 1208–1217.
    • NIAAA Prescreening Question.    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). (2005). Helping patients who drink too much: A clinician's guide .
1. How many times in the past year have you had  A   drinks or more in a day?   A= 5 for men or 4 for women
    • The One-question Prescreening Tool for Illicit Drug Use.    Smith, Schmidt, Allensworth-Davies, & Saitz. (2010). A single-question screening test for drug use in primary care. Archives of Internal Medicine, 170(13), p. 1155.
1. How many times in the past year have you used an illegal drug, or used a prescription medication for nonmedical reasons?

Screenings for Substance Use Disorders:

Pre-Screening for Problem Gambling:

    • Lie-Bet Pre-Screening Instrument. (Yes to either signifies red flag)   
1. Have you ever had to lie to people important to you about how much you gambled?
2. Have you ever felt the need to bet more and more money?

Screenings for Problem Gambling:

For More Information:

Systems-Level Implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment.    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). (2013). Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) Series 33. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 13-4741.

Screening for Drug Use in General Medical Settings, NIDA Quick Reference Guide.