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Table 1 Selected findings on brief screening tools for unhealthy alcohol use

From: Care for hospitalized patients with unhealthy alcohol use: a narrative review

Screening tool Positive result Sensitivity Specificity Study Populations
   (95% CI) (95% CI)  
AUDIT-C ≥ 4 (men) 86 (80-92) men 89 (85-93) men Primary care [24]
(3 items)* ≥ 3 (women) 73 (66-79) women 91 (89-93) women
Quantity-Frequency Exceeding recommended 88 (83-94) men 84 (80-89) men Primary care [24]
(3 items)* drinking limits 68 (61-75) women 91 (89-93) women
Heavy-drinking day Any heavy days (≥ 4 drinks women, ≥ 5 drinks men) 83 (71-90) men 72 (61-81) men Primary care [27]
past year (1 item)   81 (64-91) women 84 (76-89) women  
  1. *The AUDIT-C and quantity-frequency items were identical, with different interpretations of a positive result.