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Table 2 Selected findings on brief screening tools for alcohol use disorders

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

Instrument Positive result Sensitivity Specificity Study populations
AUDIT ≥ 8 Range Range Systematic review of primary care studies [21]
(10 items)* 61 to 96 85 to 96
CAGE ≥ 2 Range Range Systematic review of primary care studies [21]
(4 items) 77 to 94 79 to 97
RAPS4 ≥ 1 93 87 Emergency department patients [40]
(4 items)  
  1. *AUDIT includes the AUDIT-C and can be used to screen for unhealthy alcohol use. Similarly, screens in Table 1 can be combined with screens in Table 2 to jointly screen for unhealthy alcohol use and alcohol use disorders.