Clinical characteristics of individuals using an online alcohol evaluation program

Am J Addict. Mar-Apr 2005;14(2):155-65. doi: 10.1080/10550490590924818.


Access to treatment for substance abuse disorders is limited, and practical strategies are needed to expand opportunities for individuals to receive effective interventions. Automated or semi-automated treatments have shown promise in other disorders. Identifying the characteristics of patients who will be able to benefit from this unconventional approach will increase the likelihood of success. The current study examined 1,297 individuals using an online alcohol evaluation program. Subjects had high scores on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) and a substantial amount of ambivalence about the possible harm that their drinking caused, but they also had very low levels of self-identification as actual problem drinkers.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology*
  • Alcoholism / diagnosis*
  • Alcoholism / therapy
  • Demography
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*