Screening for alcohol problems among 4-year colleges and universities

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Objective: To assess the use of alcohol screening tools across US colleges. Participants: Directors of health services at 333 four-year colleges. Methods: An online survey was conducted regarding the use of alcohol screening tools. Schools reporting use of formal tools were further described in terms of 4 tools (AUDIT, CUGE, CAPS, and RAPS) that the authors judged to be the most favorable based on prior empirical comparative studies. Results: Forty-four percent of colleges reported use of at least 1 formal alcohol screening tool and nearly all of these used a tool appropriate for college students. However, less than half of the 44% of colleges that used a screening tool used 1 of the 4 most favorable tools. Conclusions: Continued efforts are needed to encourage colleges to use the most effective available screening tools to identify alcohol-related problems that require intervention among students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-357
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Substance Abuse Policy Research Program (RWJF no. 063118); Traci Toomey, Principal Investigator.


  • Alcohol
  • College students
  • Screening instruments


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