Aims: The primary aim of the present paper was to determine the efficacy of the FAST for detecting harmful and dependent levels of alcohol use. A secondary aim was to compare the performance of the FAST to two other short forms of the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT): the AUDIT-C and AUDIT-3.
Methods: The present study examined data collected from 3,336 individuals in South Wales, compiled from full AUDIT datasets. AUROC analysis, alongside measures of sensitivity and specificity of the FAST, AUDIT-C and AUDIT-3 were utilised for identification of harmful and dependent alcohol use.
Results: The FAST demonstrated efficacy in the identification of harmful and dependent levels of alcohol use, with superior performance to both the AUDIT-C and AUDIT-3.
Conclusions: The present paper demonstrates the potential of the FAST as a cost- and time-effective method for appropriate screening and signposting in the stepped care model utilised by many health care and treatment services. Further studies are needed to ensure validity, both within the general population and for specific services and populations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAlcohol and Alcoholism
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 17 Feb 2021

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