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9.2.2 Alcohol dependence

Screening tests may be useful for assessing alcohol dependence and other substance use disorders. For example, the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) may be used to screen for alcohol dependence (refer below). The total maximum score is 40. A score of eight or more indicates a strong likelihood of hazardous or harmful alcohol consumption. Referral to an appropriate specialist, such as an addiction medicine specialist or addiction psychiatrist, should be considered, particularly in the case of commercial vehicle drivers. The AUDIT relies on accurate responses to the questionnaire and should be interpreted in the context of a global assessment that includes other clinical evidence. For more information about the AUDIT questionnaire, refer to <http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/67205/1/WHO_MSD_MSB_01.6a.pdf>.

Alcohol ignition interlocks are devices that prevent a car starting if the driver has been drinking. All states and territories have alcohol interlock programs where a driver who has been convicted of specified drink-driving offences is subject to a licence condition that they only drive a motor vehicle with an alcohol interlock fitted. An alcohol interlock condition may be ordered by a court as part of the sentencing or the licence restoration process, or imposed by the driver licensing authority in some circumstances. Interlocks may also be used voluntarily by drivers who are found to have alcohol dependence. Programs vary between the states and territories. For more information see Appendix 5: Alcohol interlock programs.