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J Am Coll Health. 2011;59(5):350-7. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2010.509380.

Screening for alcohol problems among 4-year colleges and universities.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, School of Medicine, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. winte001@umn.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the use of alcohol screening tools across US colleges.

PARTICIPANTS:

Directors of health services at 333 four-year colleges.

METHODS:

An online survey was conducted regarding the use of alcohol screening tools. Schools reporting use of formal tools were further described in terms of 4 tools (AUDIT, CUGE, CAPS, and RAPS) that the authors judged to be the most favorable based on prior empirical comparative studies.

RESULTS:

Forty-four percent of colleges reported use of at least 1 formal alcohol screening tool and nearly all of these used a tool appropriate for college students. However, less than half of the 44% of colleges that used a screening tool used 1 of the 4 most favorable tools.

CONCLUSIONS:

Continued efforts are needed to encourage colleges to use the most effective available screening tools to identify alcohol-related problems that require intervention among students.

PMID:
21500052
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PMCID:
PMC3086775
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