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Subst Use Misuse. 2000 Aug;35(10):1419-30.

Screening instruments for alcohol problems: a comparison of cut points between Mexican American and Mexican patients in the emergency room.

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Public Health Institute, Alcohol Research Group, Berkeley, California 94709-2176, USA.


The performance of alcohol use disorder screening instruments (CAGE, BMAST, AUDIT, TWEAK) at various cut points were compared between a Mexican American emergency room (ER) sample (n = 586) and a sample of ER patients in Mexico (n = 1,417) using ICD-10 and DSM-IV criteria for alcohol dependence and harmful drinking/abuse by gender and injury status. Lowering cut points improved instrument performance substantially for females in both samples. Further research is needed to explore instrument performance by gender and level of acculturation.

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