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INTRODUCTION

The CAGE questionnaire is commonly used clinically as a screening tool for potential problems with alcohol use.1 The questions should be asked as part of the general history or in the course of a routine visit and should not be preceded by any questions about alcohol use, as this may decrease sensitivity.2

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Have you ever felt you should

¿Ha sentido alguna vez que debería

  • Cut down on your drinking?

  • Reducir su consumo de alcohol?

Have people Annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?

¿Se siente Molesto con la gente que le critican su consumo de alcohol?

Have you ever felt bad or Guilty about your drinking?

¿Se ha sentido mal o Culpable alguna vez acerca de su consumo de alcohol?

Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover (Eye opener)?

¿Ha consumido usted alcohol al levantarse en la mañana para calmarse sus nervios o para quitarse una resaca (el primer trago en la mañana para abrirle los Ojos)?

¿Ha consumido usted alcohol al levantarse en la mañana para estabilizarse sus nervios o para quitarse una tomadera (el primer trago en la mañana para abrirle los Ojos)?

A total score of 2 or greater is considered clinically significant for the identification of alcohol overuse.

1. Ewing, J.A. (1984). Detecting alcoholism: The CAGE questionnaire. JAMA, 252 (14), 1905–1907.

2. Steinweg, D.L., Worth, H. (1993). Alcoholism: The keys to the CAGE. Am J Med, 94 (5), 520–523.

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