Researchers at Boston Medical Center re-asked 286 patients who had undergone a lengthy previous test this question, suggested by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The answer appears to accurately detect those previously singled out as being an alcoholic about 79% of the time. The article doesn’t explicitly explain what it means if the answer is “once” versus “every weekend.”
While asking a single question isn’t perfect, we’re told it’s a lot better than the alternative — not being screened at all. The NIAA believes that in a hospital setting, the traditional screening method is such a pain in the ass, doctors don’t bother with it. Asking a single question that gives an accurate assessment most of the time is better than a highly accurate assessment that isn’t given at all.
The gist of the study? You can better care for a patient if you know they’re a boozer.
1 out of every 10 elderly adults on Medicare is a drinker. Brandeis University concludes 9% engage in “unhealthy drinking” — more than 30 drinks per month or 4 or more a day. The NIAAA believes seniors haven’t clued in: you can’t drink like you used to. It suggests once you enter your silver age, ease up, bucko: from two drink minimum to two drink maximum. That’s because the body’s ability to metabolize booze decreases in your senior years.
Meantime, Loyola Marymount University researchers conclude college chicks drink heavily to impress the boys, but the guys aren’t impressed. 71% of women overestimated what it takes.
The upshot? Back off by 1.5 drinks, ladies, and not only will the boys be still impressed, but you’ll still be standing.