Figure 4-4: Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test - Geriatric Version (MAST-G)

Figure 4-4
Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test - Geriatric Version (MAST-G)
  1. After drinking have you ever noticed an increase in your heart rate or beating in your chest?
YESNO
2.

When talking with others, do you ever underestimate how much you actually drink?

YESNO
3.

Does alcohol make you sleepy so that you often fall asleep in your chair?

YESNO
4.

After a few drinks, have you sometimes not eaten or been able to skip a meal because you didn't feel hungry?

YESNO
5.

Does having a few drinks help decrease your shakiness or tremors?

YESNO
6.

Does alcohol sometimes make it hard for you to remember parts of the day or night?

YESNO
7.

Do you have rules for yourself that you won't drink before a certain time of the day?

YESNO
8.

Have you lost interest in hobbies or activities you used to enjoy?

YESNO
9.

When you wake up in the morning, do you ever have trouble remembering part of the night before?

YESNO
10.

Does having a drink help you sleep?

YESNO
11.

Do you hide your alcohol bottles from family members?

YESNO
12.

After a social gathering, have you ever felt embarrassed because you drank too much?

YESNO
13.

Have you ever been concerned that drinking might be harmful to your health?

YESNO
14.

Do you like to end an evening with a nightcap?

YESNO
15.

Did you find your drinking increased after someone close to you died?

YESNO
16.

In general, would you prefer to have a few drinks at home rather than go out to social events?

YESNO
17.

Are you drinking more now than in the past?

YESNO
18.

Do you usually take a drink to relax or calm your nerves?

YESNO
19.

Do you drink to take your mind off your problems?

YESNO
20.

Have you ever increased your drinking after experiencing a loss in your life?

YESNO
21.

Do you sometimes drive when you have had too much to drink?

YESNO
22.

Has a doctor or nurse ever said they were worried or concerned about your drinking?

YESNO
23.

Have you ever made rules to manage your drinking?

YESNO
24.

When you feel lonely, does having a drink help?

YESNO
Scoring: Five or more "yes" responses are indicative of an alcohol problem. For further information, contact Frederic C. Blow, Ph.D., at University of Michigan Alcohol Research Center, 400 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Suite A, Ann Arbor, MI 48108; (734) 998-7952. Source: Blow, F.C.; Brower, K.J.; Schulenberg, J.E.; Demo-Dananberg, L.M.; Young, J.P.; and Beresford, T.P. The Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test - Geriatric Version (MAST-G): A new elderly-specific screening instrument. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 16:372, 1992.
© The Regents of the University of Michigan, 1991.

From: Chapter 4 - Identification, Screening, and Assessment

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