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in men, is likely to indicate alcohol dependence.The Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST) is a 24-item questionnaire used to detectalcoholism.The form uses “Yes” or “No” responses to questions involving social, occupational,and family problems to score the questionnaire (Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (MAST),2009). One point is awarded for each "yes" response to questions.Additionally, 5 points areawarded for each incidence of delirium tremens and 2 points are awarded for each arrest due todrinking behaviors.According to the screening tool, 0 – 3 points indicates that there is noapparent problem, 4 points indicates an early to middle problem drinker, and 5 or more pointsindicates alcohol dependence.ResultsOn the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), L.R. scored a 16 whichaccording to the scoring tool is associated with harmful or hazardous drinking.The MASTyielded a score of 7 for L.R. which implies the participant is a problem drinker.As L.R. scoredhigh on both screening tools, it is likely that she needs treatment to help her gain control of heralcohol use and to avoid devastating effects of her heavy alcohol use in the future as well asnegative consequences in the present.Detecting alcohol abuse and dependence early in thecourse of disease enables clinicians to get people the help they need, either by initiating a briefintervention or by referring the patient to treatment.DiscussionStrengths:Both assessment tools have been shown through research to be reliable andvalid measures in identifying alcohol abuse problem behaviors and have been found to be valid
Experiential Paper3indicators for severity of alcohol dependence.The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test andthe Michigan Alcohol Screening tool take little time to administer, about 10 minutes, they aresimple for the professional to administer, and because of their simplicity are able produce moreaccurate answers from the participant (Storgaard, Nielsen, & Gluud, 1994).Weaknesses:A weakness of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test is that thequestions do not account for different cultural conditions.According to Akers & Heffington

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