The CAGE Questionnaire, The AUDIT, And The Beck Depression Inventory
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In the addictions field, there are several forms of assessments that could potentially be used. For this particular assignment, I have chosen the CAGE Questionnaire, the AUDIT, and the Beck Depression Inventory, also referred to as the BDI. Two of the particular assessments offer insight into an individual’s alcohol addiction. Whereas, the third is used analyze intensity, severity, and depth of the client’s depression.
Assessment 1- CAGE Questionnaire
The CAGE questionnaire is a simple four-question item response. Higher scores indicate a greater influence of alcohol addiction. The four questions consist of the following:
• Have you ever felt you should Cut down on your drinking? (Cut down)
• Have people Annoyed you by criticizing your drinking? (Annoyed)
• Have you ever felt bad or Guilty about your drinking? (Guilty)
• Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover (Eye opener)?” (Ewing, 1970).
It is important to note that the use of the CAGE questionnaire is best used as a part of the general health history and it should not be followed with more questions of the amount or frequency of alcohol use (Ewing, 1970). “Alcohol misuse continues to pose a public health threat at colleges and universities across the United States” (Taylor et al., 2016). Alcohol consumption can cause hardships within families, failing academics, and lead to an increase in risky behaviors (Demirbas, 2015). “Alcohol is the most experimented,