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ALCOHOL ABUSE Identifying Problem Drinkers An individual who drinks excessively may minimize the amount he drinks. If you suspect an individual is drinking excessively, indirect, non-threatening questions may be useful in determining if excessive alcohol intake is a problem. Positive history of attempting to stop drinking, blackouts (periods of amnesia following intoxication), DWI, past treatment for alcohol abuse, a past involvement with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), history of delirium tremors, hangovers, withdrawal seizures, or frequent trauma to any part of the body may be indicators of an alcohol problem. Review of past medical history may reveal gastritis, pancreatitis, hepatitis, colitis, hemorrhoids, or cirrhosis. Tools that can be used to screen for an alcohol problem include: Short Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (SMAST) 1. Do you feel you are normal drinker? (Drink less than or as much as most other people.) (No) 2. Does your wife, husband, a parent, or other near relative ever worry or complain about your drinking? (Yes) 3. Do you ever feel guilty about your drinking? (Yes)
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This note was uploaded on 10/04/2009 for the course NTR 371 taught by Professor Southworth during the Spring '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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