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Identifying women veterans with unhealthy alcohol use using gender-tailored screening.

Hoggatt KJ, Simpson T, Schweizer CA, Drexler K, Yano EM. Identifying women veterans with unhealthy alcohol use using gender-tailored screening. The American journal on addictions. 2018 Mar 1; 27(2):97-100.

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: To assess the impact of gender-tailored alcohol screening criteria. METHODS: Among N? = 1,349 women, we calculated the proportion screening positive for unhealthy alcohol use with non-tailored versus gender-tailored criteria (a gender-tailored binge-drinking item, lower screen-positive threshold, or both). RESULTS: Three percent more women screened positive with a modified binge-drinking question, most reporting risky drinking. Fifteen percent more women screened positive with a lower threshold; most did not report risky drinking. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS: Gender-tailored binge-drinking questions may improve detection of women's unhealthy alcohol use. SCIENTIFIC SIGNIFICANCE: These results can inform future efforts to improve alcohol screening for women. (Am J Addict 2018;27:97-100).

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