Alcohol Misuse: Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care
Release Date: May 2013
This topic is in the process of being updated. Please go to the Update in Progress section to see the latest documents available.
Summary of Recommendations and Evidence
|Adults aged 18 and older|
The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen adults aged 18 years or older for alcohol misuse and provide persons engaged in risky or hazardous drinking with brief behavioral counseling interventions to reduce alcohol misuse
|The USPSTF recommends the service. There is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial.|
|Adolescents (under 18 years of age)|
The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening and behavioral counseling interventions in primary care settings to reduce alcohol misuse in adolescents.
|The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of the service. Evidence is lacking, of poor quality, or conflicting, and the balance of benefits and harms cannot be determined.|
Related Information for Consumers
Related Information for Health Professionals
- ASSIST - Brief interview about alcohol, tobacco products and other drugs
- AUDIT - Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test for Adolescents
- CAGE - Alcohol Screening Instrument
- T-ACE - 4-item Alcohol Screener for Pregnant Women
- Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse - Clinical Summary of USPSTF Recommendation, 2013
Internet Citation: Final Update Summary: Alcohol Misuse: Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. July 2015.