Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Assessing alcohol consumption

To view the CAGE Questionnaire click here.


To view the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) click here.


Additional tools for screening for alcohol use/abuse:


Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (MAST)

Selzer, M. (1971).  The  Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test:  The  quest for  a new  diagnostic instrument. American Journal of Psychiatry, 127(12), 1653-1658.



Selzer, M., Vinokur, A. & VanRooijen, L. (1975).  A self-administered Short Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (S-MAST). Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 36(1), 117-126.


Brief MAST

MacKenzie, D.,  Langa, A. & Brown, T. (1996).  Identifying hazardous or harmful alcohol use in medical admissions: A comparison of AUDIT, CAGE and brief  MAST. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 31(6), 591-599.



Chan, A., Pristach, E., Welte, J. & Russell, M. (1993). Use of the TWEAK test in screening for alcoholism/heavy drinking in three populations. Alcoholism: Clinical and  Experimental Research, 17(6), 1188-1192.



Sokol,  R., Martier, S., & Ager, J. (1989). The T-ACE questions: Practical prenatal detection of risk-drinking. American Journal of Obstetrics and  Gynecology, 160(4), 863-870.


Fast Alcohol Screening Test (FAST)

Health Development Agency (NHS) (2002). Manual for the Fast Alcohol  Screening Test (FAST). Fast screening for alcohol problems. Health Development Agency  and University of Wales  College of Medicine. Retrieved [Electronic Version] from:

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