Two hundred and forty new medical inpatients received the Alcohol Use
Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), CAGE and brief Michigan Alcohol
ism Screening Test (brief MAST) questionnaires. Sensitivities when ide
ntifying weekly drinkers of >14 units (women) or >21 units (men) were
93, 79 and 35%, respectively (P < 0.001). Sensitivities to >21 units (
women) or >28 units (men) were 100%, 94% and 47%. Routine screening of
medical admissions with the AUDIT (cut-off score 8) is recommended.