From the June 2014 magazine.

Alcoholism At Large

Keeping it simple
Primary care physicians seeking to determine whether a patient’s alcohol use is problematic often have to rely on lengthy questionnaires.

But a new study suggests that a single screening question may not only identify unhealthy use, but can help to determine the level of alcohol dependence just as well—and sometimes better—than longer screening tools.

“We found that single questions may be useful in both screening and preliminary assessment” of substance-use severity, said Dr. Richard Saitz, lead study author and professor...