Kathanne Bradley, MD
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To the Editors: Buchsbaum and colleagues (1) have provided a useful piece of research by validating the CAGE (acronym referring to Cut-down, Annoyed, Guilty, and Eye-opener) in outpatients using DSM-IIIR criteria as the gold standard. They defined "problem drinkers" in the "Patients and Methods" section, but they did not present any data on the CAGE'S ability to identify these patients (1).
How well does the CAGE identify the following drinkers who are at risk but who are not alcohol dependent?: 1) patients who meet DSM-IIIR criteria for alcohol abuse alone; 2) "problem drinkers" who do not meet DSM-IIIR criteria for
Bradley K. Interpreting CAGE Scores. Ann Intern Med. ;116:1032–1033. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-12-1032
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(12_Part_1):1032-1033.
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