Author(s): Kills Small NJ, Simons JS, Stricherz M
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Abstract Heavy drinking among college students is widespread, characterized by a unique pattern of heavy episodic drinking, and carries risk of negative consequences both immediate and long term. Because screening to detect high-risk student drinkers is of primary importance to insure early identification and appropriate levels of care, this study evaluated the criterion validity of the SSI-AOD. The SSI-AOD evidenced moderate to strong correlations with alcohol frequency, consumption, and problem indices. Sensitivity and specificity of the SSI-AOD and the AUDIT was determined by ROC analysis utilizing a range of possible cut-off scores using DSM-IV criteria for alcohol abuse as the reference standard. The SSI-AOD had very low sensitivity at the recommended cut-score of 4 and demonstrated poor ability to correctly classify participants overall. The AUDIT demonstrated significantly better performance, correctly classifying approximately 70\% of participants using a cut-score of 8.
This article was published in Addict Behav
and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy