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Problems associated with alcohol abuse are recognised by the World Health Organization as a major health issue. Because of the size and severity of the problem, early detection is very important.This requires easy to use and specific tools. One of these is the Alcohol Use Disorders IdentificationTest (AUDIT). AUDIT was translated and back-translated from its original language by two Englishspeaking psychiatrists. The tool contains 10 questions. A score ≥11 is an indication of serious abuse/dependence. In the study, 218 subjects took part: 128 were males and 90 females. From the218 individuals, 109 fulfilled the criteria for alcohol dependence according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV), and presented requesting admission; 109 subjects were healthy controls. Internal reliability (Cronbach a) was 0.80 for the controls and0.80 for the alcohol dependent individuals. Controls had significantly lower average scores when compared to the alcoholics. The questionnaire’s sensitivity for scores >8 was 0.98 and its specificity was 0.94 for the same score. Ιn conclusion, the Greek version of AUDIT has increased internalreliability and validity and is easy to use and can be very useful in detection alcohol problems in sensitive populations.

Key words: AUDIT, greek version, alcoholism, comorbidity

G.I. Moussas, G. Dadouti, A. Douzenis, E. Poulis, A. Tselebis, D. Bratis, Ch. Christodoulou, E. Lykouras (page 54) - Full article (Greek)