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The use of AUDIT as a screening tool for use in the workplace

Davey, Jeremy D., Obst, Patricia L., & Sheehan, Mary C. (2000) The use of AUDIT as a screening tool for use in the workplace. Drug and Alcohol Review, 19(1), pp. 49-54.

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Abstract

There has been little research examining the use of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification test (AUDIT) as a workplace screening tool. In the current study a large scale sample (n = 4193) of police personnel completed the 10 AUDIT questions and two readiness to change questions. The sample represented 67% of all members of an Australian State Police organisation. Analysis of AUDIT scores showed that 65% of the sample scored in the low risk of hazardous alcohol consumption range, 32% (33% of males and 24% of females) scored in the at risk for harmful alcohol consumption range and 3% scored in the range indicating risk of alcohol dependence. Age emerged as a clear risk factor of hazardous drinking patterns. The 18 to 25 years age group recorded higher average alcohol consumption, higher rates of risk of abnormal drinking behaviour, higher rates of adverse consequences from drinking alcohol and higher total AUDIT scores than other age groups. This was consistent for both males and females. Of those scoring in the at risk range, 72.5% reported that they did not have a drinking problem. Sixty percent also reported that it would be easy to stop drinking. This study exemplifies how the AUDIT can be used to provide strong evidence for the need for work based intervention programs. Further it can be used to target particular groups within the organisation at risk of harmful alcohol use.

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ID Code: 4684
Item Type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1080/09595230096147
ISSN: 1465-3362
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Drug and Alcohol Review 19(1):pp. 49-54.
Deposited On: 12 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:33

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