- 4 item screening questionnaire used to identify those individuals for whom more extensive evaluation of alcohol use is recommended.
- The oldest and likely most extensively used questionnaire across a variety of clinical and research settings. Originally developed for use with adults, it has been used in elderly populations as well.
- Susceptible to underreporting. Minimum age 16 years, and not recommended for use with adolescents.
- Questions refer to whole life history rather than a particular period. Thus, the questionnaire does not discriminate between active and inactive drinkers and should be used in combination with information regarding usual consumption patterns (e.g., frequency/quantity/heaviest consumption). In some populations, such inquiry can inhibit responses to CAGE questions, if it precedes them.
- The CAGE contains sensitive items, therefore clinicians should take care to carefully present the questions.
- The CAGE is simple and easy to administer.
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