One Question May Gauge the Severity of Unhealthy Drug and Alcohol Use

January 16th, 2014

Primary care physicians seeking to determine whether a patient’s drug or alcohol use is problematic often have to rely on lengthy questionnaires containing dozens of items with multiple response options.

But a new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher suggests that a single screening question may not only identify unhealthy use, but can help to determine the level of alcohol and drug dependence just as well — and sometimes better — than longer screening tools.

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