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Table 1 Distribution of Australian Rural Mental Health Study participants’ responses to items of the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT) by total AUDIT score

From: Individual and district-level predictors of alcohol use: cross sectional findings from a rural mental health survey in Australia

AUDIT question Response options Item score AUDIT total score
    0-7 n = 1,694 n (%) > = 8 n = 287 n (%)
Q1. How often did you have a drink containing alcohol in the last 6 months? Never 0 389 (23)  
  Monthly or less 1 305 (18)  
  2-4 times a month 2 266 (16) 13 (4.5)
  2-3 times a week 3 323 (19) 59 (21)
  4 or more times a week 4 411 (24) 215 (75)
Q2. How many drinks containing alcohol did you have on a typical day when you are drinking? 1 or 2 0 997 (76) 29 (10)
  3 or 4 1 259 (20) 130 (46)
  5 or 6 2 43 (3.3) 75 (27)
  7 to 9 3 3 (0.2) 41 (15)
  10 or more 4 3 (0.2) 12 (4.3)
Q3. How often during the last 6 months did you have 6 or more drinks on one occasion? Never 0 978 (75) 22 (7.7)
  Less than monthly 1 232 (18) 54 (19)
  Monthly 2 74 (5.7) 47 (16)
  Weekly 3 21 (1.6) 118 (41)
  Daily or almost daily 4   46 (16)
Q4. How often during the last 6 months have you found it difficult to get the thought of alcohol out of your mind? Never 0 1,280 (98) 165 (57)
  Less than monthly 1 19 (1.5) 44 (15)
  Monthly 2 3 (0.2) 12 (4.2)
  Weekly 3 3 (0.2) 42 (15)
  Daily or almost daily 4   24 (8.4)
Q5. How often during the last 6 months have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started? Never 0 1,295 (99) 200 (70)
  Less than monthly 1 9 (0.7) 43 (15)
  Monthly 2 1 (0.1) 14 (4.9)
  Weekly 3   25 (8.7)
  Daily or almost daily 4   5 (1.7)
Q6. How often during the last 6 months have you found that you were unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking? Never 0 1,286 (99) 195 (68)
  Less than monthly 1 17 (1.3) 72 (25)
  Monthly 2 2 (0.2) 15 (5.2)
  Weekly 3   5 (1.7)
  Daily or almost daily 4   2 (0.7)
Q7. How often during the last 6 months have you needed a first drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session? Never 0 1,304 (100) 274 (95)
  Less than monthly 1   10 (3.5)
  Monthly 2   1 (0.3)
  Weekly 3 1 (0.1) 1 (0.3)
  Daily or almost daily 4   1 (0.3)
Q8. How often during the last 6 months have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking? Never 0 1,267 (97) 186 (65)
  Less than monthly 1 32 (2.5) 57 (20)
  Monthly 2 3 (0.2) 20 (7.0)
  Weekly 3 2 (0.2) 18 (6.3)
  Daily or almost daily 4   6 (2.1)
Q9. Have you or someone else ever been injured as a result of your drinking? No   1,663 (98) 229 (80)
  Yes, not this year   30 (1.8) 52 (18)
  Yes, this year   1 (0.1) 6 (2.1)
Q10. Has a relative or friend or a doctor or other health worker ever been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down? No   1,665 (98) 168 (59)
  Yes, not this year   27 (1.6) 67 (23)
  Yes, this year   2 (0.1) 52 (18)
Alcohol consumption greater than 40 drinks per month # No   1,511 (89) 40 (14)
  Yes   183 (11) 247 (86)
Lifetime injury from or someone concerned about your drinking ^ No   1,639 (97) 142 (49)
  Yes   55 (3.2) 145 (51)
  1. # Based on responses to Q1 and Q2; ^ Based on a Yes response to either Q9 or Q10. Column percentages for Q2 to Q8 are based on respondents who drank during the last 6 months (i.e., excluding Never responses to Q1). Due to rounding, column percentages may not add up to exactly 100%.