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Objectives: The prevalence of alcohol abuse on college campuses ranges from 7 to 17%. Frequent heavy drinkers place themselves and others at risk for a variety of adverse consequences and frequently remain undetected. Brief individual interventions result in a significant reduction on the number of drinks. Therefore, detection of students at risk is useful and desirable. The CUGE has been elsewhere described as a promising screening device for problem drinking in students. In order to determine the diagnostic value of this new questionnaire, we set up a validation study in a new and independent population of freshmen. Methods: A cross-sectional diagnostic study. Participants were college freshmen of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. All students received a questionnaire, containing the CUGE, being the test of interest, and the CIDI as the reference test. Results: The CUGE combines a very high sensitivity of 91% with a reasonable specificity of 76.3% in this validation group. Conclusions: The CUGE is an excellent screening device in this population of students. In addition, it is a short questionnaire with only yes or no questions. This makes the CUGE easily applicable as a part of broad routine questionnaires. © Medical Council on Alcohol 2004; all rights reserved.

Original publication

DOI

10.1093/alcalc/agh077

Type

Journal article

Journal

Alcohol and Alcoholism

Publication Date

01/09/2004

Volume

39

Pages

439 - 444