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Clinical Tools

Screening Tests

Fifteen different screening tests. A chart with characteristics of each for easy comparison. Some tests are alcohol specific others cover alcohol and other drugs. Some are designed for self-administration and others for use in clinical interviews. Some are intended for special populations. Each test is accompanied by instructions for scoring, basic references and a link to a current bibliography. A copy of each test is available in pdf format for duplication to use in clinical settings.


   (Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test)

   (Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test)

AUDIT-C  (Consumption)

MAST-G  (Geriatric)

AUDIT-PC  (Primary Care)

Brief MAST


Brief MAST


Short MAST-G

   (Drug Abuse Screening Test)


Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence

Trauma Index


DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria Substance Use Disorders

Summary of the American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic criteria substance use disorders. PDF

The clinical tools below were developed as part of the training programs that were conducted by Project Cork at Dartmouth Medical School, or that grew out of that initiative.

Substance Use History and Physical Examination

Standardized format forhistory and physical exam when substance use is known or suspected. Focuses on signs and symptoms indicative of substance use, incorporates a substance use screening test , and addresses withdrawal risk. Only available in pdf format. Suitable for duplication for use in clinical settings. PDF

Diagnostic Worksheet DSM-IV Alcohol Diagnoses

Useful clinical aid. Organizes data from history and clinical interview to yield a DSM-IV diagnosis. Copy available in pdf format for duplication and incorporation in clinical settings. PDF

Indicators for Medical Attention

Sets forth situations requiring emergency medical attention and those requiring medical assessment to prevent serious problems. PDF

Adolescent Interview Guide

Easy-to-use. Anyone working with adolescents, be it health care providers, human service workers, mental health clinicians, or school guidance personnel. Includes questions to open the discussion of substance use, a screening tool (CRAFFT), follow-up questions when screening is positive, and steps to take when screening is negative. Copy of the Guide in a check list format is available for duplication to use in clinical settings. PDF

Signs of Possible Adolescent Substance Use

Describes early warning signs for diagnosing possible substance abuse problems in adolescents. Covers topics such as school activities, health and relationships with family and peers. PDF File

Summary Chart Drugs of Abuse

One page chart covering 8 major drug classes: alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, stimulants, opiates, sedatives, hallucinogens, and inhalants. Identifies acute effects, desired effects, chronic effects, signs of verdose, as well as likelihood of psychological and physical dependence, brand names for prescription drugs, and street names for illicit drugs. PDF File

December 2010