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Table 1 Pharmacist recommended response according to AUDIT score

From: ‘Making the invisible visible’ through alcohol screening and brief intervention in community pharmacies: an Australian feasibility study

Score Recommended response
0 Thank them for their time (they were not eligible for the study)
1-7 “From your answers, it appears that you are at low risk of experiencing alcohol-related problems if you continue to drink moderately”.
(If applicable tell them about lifetime/single occasion risk if appropriate).
“Finally, unless you have any questions, could you fill out this short anonymous survey please?”
8-15 “looking at the results of the AUDIT it appears that you may be at risk of experiencing alcohol-related problems if you continue to drink at your current levels; I would like to take a few minutes to talk with you about it”. (Go to “Here’s To Your Health” booklet information)
16-19 looking at the results of the AUDIT, you may be experiencing alcohol-related problems from your current drinking. I would like to take a few minutes to talk with you about it”. (Go to “Here’s To Your Health” booklet information)
20+ “I should emphasize that the AUDIT doesn’t give a diagnosis, but on the basis of your results I would recommend that you see your doctor or a specialist as soon as possible to discuss your use of alcohol as you appear to be exceeding safe limits and it may already have caused you harm. I would like to take a few minutes to talk with you about it”. (Go to “Here’s To Your Health” booklet information)