Our interactive test is one of the most widely used measures for assessing alcohol abuse, the MAST (Michigan Alcohol Screen Test) is a questionnaire designed to provide a rapid and effective screening for lifetime alcohol-related problems and alcoholism. The MAST has been productively used in a variety of settings with varied populations. MAST was created in 1971 and is still considered one of the most accurate screening tests, identifying dependent drinkers up to 98% of the time.
The AUDIT test which was developed in the 1980s by the World Health Organization that has only 92% effectiveness in identifying hazardous and harmful drinking patterns is the most used test out there. However, with MAST detecting dependent drinkers up to 98% of the time and excellent track record, we decided to use it instead of AUDIT.
For additional information, please see, for example:
Selzer, M.L. (1971) ‘The Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (MAST): The quest for a new diagnostic instrument’, American Journal of Psychiatry, 127:1653-1658.