A new UK study has found that doctors only need to ask two questions to accurately diagnose alcohol abuse in an individual, according to a report by News.com.au.
The study, which was led by researchers from the University of Leicester, discovered that the two questions asked of its 5,646 respondents accurately diagnosed 79.8% of hidden substance abuse among them. When combined with a CAGE questionnaire which is composed of four separate queries, the diagnosis accuracy jumped to 90.9%. The two questions that diagnose alcohol abuse are:
- How often do you have six or more drinks on one occasion?
- As a result of your drinking or drug use, did anything happen in the last year that you wish didn’t happen?
Published in the British Journal of General Practice, the results of the study could be of good use in Australia, where alcohol ranks next to tobacco as the top cause of drug-related death and hospitalisation that can actually be prevented.
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