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Identifying Women with Unhealthy Alcohol Use

Am J Addictions; ePub 2018 Feb 28; Hoggatt, et al

Gender-tailored binge-drinking questions may improve detection of women's unhealthy alcohol use, a recent study found. Among 1,349 women veterans, researchers calculated the proportion screening positive for unhealthy alcohol use with non-tailored vs gender-tailored criteria (a gender-tailored binge-drinking item, lower screen-positive threshold, or both). They found:

  • 3% more women screened positive with a modified binge-drinking question, most reporting risky drinking.
  • 15% more women screened positive with a lower threshold; most did not report risky drinking.


Hoggatt KJ, Simpson T, Schweizer CA, Drexler K, Yano EM. Identifying women veterans with unhealthy alcohol use using gender-tailored screening. [Published online ahead of print February 28, 2018]. Am J Addictions. doi:10.1111/ajad.12689.