1) How often do you have six or more drinks on one occasion?
2) As a result of your drinking, did anything happen in the last year that you wish didn’t happen?
These questions had an accuracy of 79.8% in detecting substance abuse among a total of 5646 respondents.
The researchers found that using a combination of a short, two-question test with a longer survey correctly identified patients with alcohol problems in 90.9 per cent of all cases.
This represents a major breakthrough for GP’s as they can detect alcohol problems in a pragmatic timeframe. The researchers from the University of Leicester stated, “At the moment, GPs ask patients about alcohol problems during about 3 per cent of consultations. Routine screening using simple questions are an attempt to improve the situation.”