Screening for Alcohol Use and Alcohol-Related Problems

About the Course:

This brief course focuses on the use of routine alcohol screening in a variety of medical settings. Deciding whether a particular screen is warranted, choosing the best one for an individual patient, and administering it in a cost-effective way are among key issues discussed.


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Publication Date:

April 2005



Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about effective screening methods and available tools for assessing alcohol use and alcohol-related problems. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Define screening and contrast it with diagnosis of disorders.

  2. Describe how screening for alcohol-related problems differs in a variety of settings.

  3. Identify screening tools presented and differentiate among their specific purposes.

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