Screening for alcohol problems among 4-year colleges and universities

J Am Coll Health. 2011;59(5):350-7. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2010.509380.


Objective: To assess the use of alcohol screening tools across US colleges.

Participants: Directors of health services at 333 four-year colleges.

Methods: An online survey was conducted regarding the use of alcohol screening tools. Schools reporting use of formal tools were further described in terms of 4 tools (AUDIT, CUGE, CAPS, and RAPS) that the authors judged to be the most favorable based on prior empirical comparative studies.

Results: Forty-four percent of colleges reported use of at least 1 formal alcohol screening tool and nearly all of these used a tool appropriate for college students. However, less than half of the 44% of colleges that used a screening tool used 1 of the 4 most favorable tools.

Conclusions: Continued efforts are needed to encourage colleges to use the most effective available screening tools to identify alcohol-related problems that require intervention among students.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol-Related Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Alcohol-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Mass Screening / statistics & numerical data
  • Students / statistics & numerical data*
  • Universities