Screening & Assessment


Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT)

World Health Organization. A simple 10-question instrument to screen and identify people at risk of alcohol problems. 


World Health Organization. A 3-item modified version of the AUDIT used to identify patients who are hazardous drinkers or have active alcohol use disorders.

CRAFFT Screening Tool 

Boston Children’s Hospital. A 6-question behavioral health screening tool to screen adolescents for high risk alcohol and other drug use disorders simultaneously. Recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Substance Abuse for use with adolescents under the age of 21.

NIDA Modified ASSIST Drug Use Screening Tool

National Institute on Drug Abuse. A short screening tool to assess a patient's risk level based on a Substance Involvement (SI) score. 

Online Screening Tool: Alcohol Screening

Join Together (a project of The Partnership at and Boston University School of Public Health). A short, confidential online screening tool which helps individuals assess their own alcohol consumption patterns to determine if their drinking is likely to be harming their health or increasing their risk for future harm.

Online Assessment Measures: Cross-Cutting Symptom Measures 

American Psychiatric Association (APA). Level 2- Substance Use- Adult; Adapted from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Modified ASSIST. 

SBIRT Clinical Tools

Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. Three SBIRT tools for primary care available for download: Readiness Ruler, Reference Sheet and Billing Reference Card.

SBIRT Primary Care (Website)

Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. A site with video demonstrations of SBIRT, practice management tools and clinic workflow. 

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment for Alcohol (Training Modules)

SECSAT (Southeastern Consortium for Substance Abuse Training). SECSAT produced a series of videos addressing  various scenarios and stages of alcohol brief interventions, brief interventions for drug use, pain management interviews, and nurse pre-screens.

Brief Intervention for Problem Drug Use in Safety-Net Primary Care Settings - A Randomized Clinical Trial (Article)

The Journal of the American Medical Association. The purpose of this study was to determine whether a brief intervention using motivational interviewing would reduce problem drug use in safety-net primary care patients and increase admission to specialist substance abuse treatment compared with enhanced care as usual.

Screening and Brief Intervention for Drug Use in Primary Care - The ASPIRE Randomized Clinical Trial (Article)

The Journal of the American Medical Association. The purpose of this study was to test the efficacy of 2 brief counseling interventions for unhealthy drug use (any illicit drug use or prescription drug misuse)—a brief negotiated interview (BNI) and an adaptation of motivational interviewing (MOTIV)—compared with no brief intervention.

The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT): Guidelines for Use in Primary Care (Manual, 41 pages, WHO 2001 2nd Edition)

World Health Organization, Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence. The AUDIT was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a simple method of screening for excessive drinking and to assist in brief assessment. 

NIAAA Clinician's Guide Online Training: Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much(Videos: 4 Total, 10 min each)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. A program offering four interactive, 10-minute video cases featuring patients with varying levels of severity and readiness to change. 

Validity of the CRAFFT Substance Abuse Screening Test Among Adolescent Clinic Patients (Article, JAMA Pediatrics 2002, Vol 156, No. 6)

John R. Knight, MD; Lon Sherritt, MPH; Lydia A. Shrier, MD, MPH; Sion Kim Harris, PhD; Grace Chang, MD, MPH. A criterion standard validation study to determine the accuracy of the CRAFFT in screening adolescents for substance-related problems and disorders.

A Single-Question Screening Test for Drug Use in Primary Care (Article, JAMA Internal medicine 2010, Vol 170, No. 13)

Peter C. Smith, MD, MSc; Susan M. Schmidt, BA; Donald Allensworth-Davies, MSc; Richard Saitz, MD, MPH. A study to determine the accuracy of using a single screening question to identify drug use in primary care patients. 

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner's Guide(Manual, 47 pages)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A simple, quick, empirically derived tool for identifying youth ages 9-18 year at risk for alcohol-related problems. Produced in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics.