Screening and assessment

Screening and assessment in clinical settings is a process that determines the best and most appropriate intervention for patients and clients.

Screening tools assist in identifying the symptoms in patients (not diagnosing) as the first step in the assessment process. The screening tools provided on this website assist in detecting excessive and harmful patterns of alcohol use and measure a person’s current level of psychological distress.

These tools include:

  • Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) – developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to detect risky drinking patterns in individuals
  • The Kessler 10 – developed by Professors Kessler and Mroczek, is a self-reporting tool to measure the severity of anxiety and depression related symptoms in patients
  • Information about FRAMES – a brief intervention for risky alcohol use.

AUDIT information for health professionals (283KB PDF)

AUDIT information including background, a scoring guide for the AUDIT-10 and references.

AUDIT-10 for patients and client use (122KB PDF)

AUDIT-10 screening tool - self reporting version for patients and clients.

AUDIT-10 interview version (147KB PDF)

AUDIT-10 screening instrument - interview version for professionals to screen patients.

AUDIT-C alcohol consumption screen (5KB PDF)

AUDIT-C brief screening tool to gauge level of alcohol consumption.

FRAMES - brief intervention

FRAMES - brief intervention for harmful alcohol consumption.

Kessler 10 for health professionals (161KB PDF)

The Kessler 10 for health professionals including background, scoring and references.

Kessler 10 for patients (146KB PDF)

The Kessler 10 - anxiety and depression self reporting tool for patient use.