There are different types of alcoholism that go far beyond an alcoholic who drinks every day. For example, binge drinking is just as dangerous for your body, but involves typically drinking to excess only once in a while, rather than every day. Also, there are functioning alcoholics who manage to maintain a considerably ‘normal’ life and hold down a regular job, while still turning to alcohol as a way to cope. The issue is the person’s reliability on alcohol, rather than how often they rely on it.
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Reliability and Validity
The MAST or Michigan Alcohol Screen Test had 12 studies that met standards for inclusion. Inconsistency occurred in these studies that showed that the MAST tended to over-diagnose. The reliability of shorter versions is much lower than the longer versions of the survey. First studied in 2000 and then again in 2007, the AUDIT or Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test has been shown to be valid and reliable.
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Dissertations that have used the MAST: Michigan Alcohol Screen Test
Fenn, Jennifer M. 2014. The relationship between methadone maintenance treatment and body mass index: a retrospective chart review. University of Vermont.
Dissertations that have used the AUDIT: Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test
Hoonpongsimanont, Wirachin. 2013. The association of alcohol-use disorders identification test and readiness to change score in alcohol-related emergency department visit. University of California, Irvine.
Patel, Chandni. 2008. Reliability Generalization of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test. East Tennessee State University.
Tingey, Justin J. 2010. Air Force web-based preventive health assessment alcohol screening effectiveness using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Tool (AUDIT). The University of Texas School of Public Health.
Daepp, J.B.; Jersin, B.; Landry, U.; and Decrey, H. 2000. Reliability and validity of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) imbedded within a general health risk screening questionnaire: results of a survey in 332 primary care patients.
Gibbs, LE. 1983. Validity and reliability of the Michigan alcoholism screening test: a review.
Reinert, D.F. & Allen, J.P. 2007. The alcohol use disorders identification test: an update of research findings.