Single-question Method for Alcohol

Standard Drink table

How many times in the past year have you had…

  • 5 or more drinks in a day? (for men)
  • 4 or more drinks in a day? (for women)

A yes for these is considered a positive screen.

This most brief of screening tools also can contain follow-up questions, which include:

“On average, how many days a week do you have an alcoholic drink?”

“On a typical drinking day, how many drinks do you have?”

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