Development of an Australian version of the alcohol-related problems survey: A comprehensive computerised screening tool for older adults

Meera Agar, Peter Lawlor, Steve Quinn, Gideon Caplan, Brian Draper, Debra Rowett, Linda Devilee, Belinda Fazekas, Christine Sanderson, Nicola McCaffrey, Janet Hardy, Brian Le, Simon Eckermann, David Currow

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Abstract

Aim: The Alcohol-Related Problems Survey (ARPS) reliably classifies drinking as non-hazardous, hazardous or harmful using scoring algorithms that consider quantity and frequency of alcohol use alone and in combination with health conditions, medication-use and functional status. Because it has been developed using a 14-g US standard drink, it is not valid in Australia where a standard drink contains 10g of ethanol. Method: We recalibrated the ARPS scoring algorithms for a 10-g Australian standard drink and updated the list of medications. The Australian ARPS (A-ARPS) was then administered to 50 non-treatment-seeking participants in waves of five. Results: The A-ARPS recalibrated scoring algorithms reliably classified all 50 individuals. Sixty-six percent were classified as hazardous or harmful drinkers. Many were taking medications that interact with alcohol or had medical conditions that can be exacerbated by alcohol consumption. Conclusion: The A-ARPS is available for use in Australia. Its utilisation could reduce the incidence of alcohol-related harms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-37
Number of pages5
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015

Keywords

  • Adverse drug event
  • Aged
  • Alcohol-related disorder
  • Prevention and control
  • Screening

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