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This interactive web application provides a simple and confidential tool for individuals to screen for potential alcohol use disorders using the CAGE questionnaire. The CAGE questionnaire is a renowned, brief self-assessment tool that consists of four questions designed to identify behaviors associated with problematic drinking.

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  1. Personal Use: Individuals concerned about their alcohol consumption can use this app privately to gauge whether they may have a potential issue with alcohol use. It provides them with immediate feedback and guidance on whether they should seek further professional help
  2. Healthcare Settings: Healthcare professionals, including primary care physicians, psychologists, or addiction specialists, can utilize this app as part of their screening process for alcohol use disorders during patient consultations. It offers a quick and standardized assessment tool that can facilitate discussions about alcohol use and intervention strategies.
  3. Community Health Campaigns: Organizations or community health initiatives focused on raising awareness about alcohol-related issues can incorporate this app into their outreach efforts. By promoting the app, they can encourage individuals to self-assess their alcohol use and seek appropriate support if needed.
  4. Employee Wellness Programs: Employers implementing wellness programs can integrate this app as a component of their initiatives aimed at promoting employee health and well-being. Offering employees access to tools like this can support early identification and intervention for alcohol-related concerns, ultimately contributing to a healthier workforce.
  5. Educational Institutions: Colleges, universities, or high schools concerned about alcohol misuse among students can recommend or provide access to this app as part of their student wellness resources. It can serve as a confidential and accessible tool for students to reflect on their alcohol consumption habits and seek guidance if necessary.
  6. Research Studies: Researchers studying alcohol use disorders or related topics can use this app as a standardized tool for data collection. They can adapt the app for specific research protocols and collect anonymous self-assessment data from participants, contributing to scientific understanding and intervention development in this field.

Overall, the app offers a user-friendly and accessible means for individuals to reflect on their alcohol use behaviors and take proactive steps towards addressing any potential concerns.

  1. Screening Tool Nature: The CAGE questionnaire utilized in this app is primarily a screening tool and not intended for diagnosis. Further evaluation by a healthcare professional is necessary for confirmation.
  2. Sensitivity vs. Specificity: While the CAGE questionnaire is sensitive to alcohol use disorders, it may lack specificity, leading to false positives. Other factors must be considered during evaluation to avoid misinterpretation.
  3. User Understanding: Accurate self-reporting is crucial for reliable screening outcomes. Users' comprehension of questions and honesty in responses can affect the validity of results
  4. Follow-Up Care: The app provides screening results and basic guidance but does not offer follow-up care or intervention. Users with positive results are advised to seek further evaluation and support from healthcare professionals.

These limitations underscore the need to use the app as a preliminary screening tool and not as a substitute for professional diagnosis or care. Users should exercise caution and seek appropriate medical advice for accurate assessment and management.

This app is based on the paper:

Ewing J. A. (1984). Detecting alcoholism. The CAGE questionnaire. JAMA, 252(14), 1905–1907. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.252.14.1905

The questionairre was validated by the following paper:

Bernadt, M. W., Mumford, J., Taylor, C., Smith, B., & Murray, R. M. (1982). Comparison of questionnaire and laboratory tests in the detection of excessive drinking and alcoholism. Lancet (London, England), 1(8267), 325–328. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0140-6736(82)91579-3

This application was uploaded by Health Universe, and it currently follows United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) Version 4 Standards.

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