The WHO Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT)

The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to identify hazardous and harmful patterns of alcohol consumption.

It provides a framework for intervention to help risky drinkers reduce or cease alcohol consumption and thereby avoid the harmful consequences of their drinking. It also lists some specific consequences of excessive drinking.

While it is particularly designed for health care practitioners and a range of health settings, with suitable instructions it can be self-administered or used by non-health professionals

The manual describes:

  • Reasons to ask about alcohol consumption
  • The context of alcohol screening
  • Development and validation of the AUDIT
  • The AUDIT questions and how to use them
  • Scoring and interpretation
  • How to conduct a clinical screening examination
  • How to help patients who screen positive
  • How to implement a screening program

LAPBC has received permission from the World Health Organization to make the test available to our website visitors. Download the AUDIT from the WHO website now.