AUDIT score for risky alcohol consumption cluster
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Set Specification|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 28/04/2016|
|DSS type:||Data Element Cluster|
This data cluster is used to provide a score on the World Health Organization's Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) screening instrument. The data elements in this cluster relate to alcohol use in the last 12 months only. The AUDIT is a reliable and simple screening tool which is sensitive to the early detection of risky and high-risk (or hazardous and harmful) drinking.
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
The AUDIT score of risky alcohol consumption cluster comprises three data elements which record the frequency of alcohol consumption, the number of standard drinks consumed on a typical day when drinking and the frequency of consuming six or more standard drinks on one occasion.
The combination of codes for the three data elements: Person—alcohol consumption amount (self-reported), total standard drinks NN; Person—alcohol consumption frequency, AUDIT frequency alcohol consumption code N; and Person—consumption of 6 or more standard drinks on one occasion, AUDIT consuming 6 or more standard drinks code Nare used to provide a score on the AUDIT.
Responses to each question on the AUDIT are scored from 0 to 4, with a maximum possible score over the three questions being 12. A score of 6 or more on the AUDIT may indicate a risk of alcohol-related harm.
The formula for calculating a standard drink is:
Volume of container in litres x % alcohol by volume (ml/100ml) X 0.789*= The number of standard drinks. For example:
425ml light beer (2.9% alcohol) 1 standard drink
375ml stubby or can (4.9% alcohol) 1.4 standard drinks
425ml full strength beer (4.9% alcohol) 1.6 standard drinks
30 ml spirits (40% alcohol) 1 standard drink
150ml wine (12% alcohol) 1.5 standard drinks
* The specific gravity of ethyl alcohol is 0.789.
The AUDIT contains the following questions:
Over the last 12 months:
a) How often did you have a drink containing alcohol?
0 1 or 2
If the person's response to '(a) How often did you have a drink containing alcohol' is Never, do not ask questions (b) and (c).
The person should only record one answer to each question.
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Department of Health and Ageing 2009. The Australian Standard Drink. Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing.
Babor T, Higgins-Biddle JC, Saunders JB, Monteiro MG 2001. The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test Guidelines for Use in Primary Care. 2nd edn. Switzerland: World Health Organization.
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes AUDIT score of risky alcohol consumption cluster Health, Superseded 28/04/2016
|Implementation in Data Set Specifications:|
Prison entrants NBEDS Health, Standard 28/04/2016