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Friday, October 24, 2008

Screening for Alcohol Use and Misuse in Older Adults: Using the Short Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test-Geriatric Version..
AJN, American Journal of Nursing. 108(11):50-58, November 2008.

The Short Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test-Geriatric Version (SMAST-G) is often used in outpatient settings to detect "at-risk" alcohol use, alcohol abuse, or alcoholism in older adults. As the number of older adults in the United States grows, those who develop problems of abuse and a dependence on alcohol will grow as well.

The availability of accurate, easy-to-use screening tools to detect people in need of counseling can increase the number of older adults whose lives can be improved and even lengthened.

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