Work-place screening of mine employees using the alcohol use disorders identification test (AUDIT) and alcohol breathalyzation

C. J. Lennings, G. F. Feeney*, M. Sheehan, R. McD Young, A. McPherson, J. Tucker

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Although public health campaigns focusing on alcohol in the work-place are receiving increasing attention, there is little empirical evidence regarding the use of screening. In this work-place study, 152 mining personnel (67% of the work-force) completed a self report screen using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT). One hundred and thirty-three of these (58.5% of the work-force) also consented to be breathalysed and one (0.75%) recorded a BAC just over threshold for detection. Forty-eight males (37.7% of the male work-force) recorded AUDIT scores of eight or more consistent with hazardous alcohol use and one female registered a cumulative score above the female cut-off level for hazardous alcohol use. Eighty males (67% of the work-force), recorded binge drinking at least monthly and 81 males recorded a cumulative AUDIT score of less than eight; however, on item analysis, 64 (83%) of these recorded binge drinking at least sometimes. There is substantial hazardous alcohol use in this sample work group and younger males had higher alcohol consumption, more adverse consequences and higher total AUDIT scores identifying them as particularly at risk. The Cronbach & AUDIT was 0.72, confirming adequate internal consistency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-363
Number of pages7
JournalDrug and Alcohol Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Alcohol use
  • Work-place screening


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