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CAGE Questionnaire for Alcohol Problems

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The CAGE questionnaire is used to test for alcohol use problems and dependence in adults. It is not used to diagnose the disease but only to show whether a problem might exist.

The CAGE questionnaire consists of four questions that relate to your use of alcohol:footnote 1

  • Have you ever felt that you ought to Cut down on your drinking?
  • Do you get Annoyed by criticism of your drinking?
  • Do you ever feel Guilty about your drinking?
  • Do you ever take an Early-morning drink (eye-opener) to get the day started or to get rid of a hangover ("a little hair of the dog that bit you")?

If you answer "yes," "sometimes," or "often" to 2 or more of the questions, you might have a problem with alcohol. If you think you or someone you care about has an alcohol use problem, talk with a health professional. Further evaluation by a trained alcohol use problem counselor might be needed.

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References

Citations

  1. Saitz R, et al. (2003). Addressing alcohol problems in primary care: A cluster randomized, controlled trial of a systems intervention. Annals of Internal Medicine, 138: 372-382.

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Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health

Current as ofOctober 9, 2017

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