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Resources for the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment based
Proactive and Personalised Primary Care of the Elderly


Focused Alcohol Screening Tool

Assessment for hazardous alcohol consumption

Purpose : Assessment for hazardous alcohol consumption


Admin time : 1-3 min

User Friendly :  High

Administered by : GP or nurse,  or self

It is important that distractions are kept to a minimum and the patient is not in pain, distressed or intoxicated.

Even if self-completed, the practitioner should be present to answer questions and ensure all of the questions are answered

Content : 4 Questions pertaining to alcohol use


Author : Hodgson R, 2002   access

Copyright : © 2002, Oxford University Press

Free access

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FAST - manual

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FAST - online




  • free to use

  • quick

  • relatively non-confrontational


  • ​the degree of alcohol usage within different population groups and other clinical and/or community settings will likely differ, and may thus influence sensitivity and specificity.


Accuracy : (Manual for the FAST Screening Test, 2002)  access

Sensitivity (94% in men and 86% in women) and specificity (86% in men and 90% in women)

The first question on its own has been reported to identify 61% of hazardous and non-hazardous drinkers with an accuracy of 95%

This Tool is used in the assessment of Alcohol Problems

Back To : Alcohol Problems

Alcohol Problems
Thorny Issues

Back To : Thorny Issues

This is one of several topics presented in the Thorny Issues sector of this toolkit

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