The CAGE screening test is short and simple
to administer. Two or more positive answers are correlated with alcohol dependence
in 90% of cases.
When used with the Alcohol and other Drug-Related Problems checklist
below, both dependence and initial associated problems may be identified as well as those
who are not dependent but who still have some problems.
These instrument CAGE may not pick up problems in those who are fearful of negative
consequences of disclosure such as those looking for accommodation, people who are fearful
of child protection agency staff and those with mental health problems.