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Table 1 Variants of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-Consumption [AUDIT-C] items that were used on the Groga Survey App

From: Short screening tools for risky drinking in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: modified AUDIT-C and a new approach

Name of survey item Original item wording Our wording Original response categories Our response categories Comments
‘Preparatory’ question asked before AUDIT-1m Have you had any grog at all in the last 12 months (since Easterb last year)? Yes
Used as a gentle introduction to the alcohol questions
‘Check’ question asked if response to ‘preparatory’ question is ‘no’ Can I check, in the last 12-months (since Easterb last year), at special events like sporting carnivals, weddings or funerals, have you had any grog at all? Yes, I’ve had some grog in the last 12 months
No, I had no grog at all in the last 12 months
This was asked because of a clinical observation that respondents sometimes assume the questionnaire is only asking about ‘heavy’ or regular drinking
Question 1 modified
How often do you have a drink containing alcohol? Some people drink grog most days while others drink ‘once in a blue moon’c. How often do you drink any grog at all? Never
Monthly or less
2–4 times a month
2–3 times week
4 or more times a week
Once in a blue moon (less than a month)
Sometimes (1–3 times a month)
A few times a week (2–3 times a week)
Most days or every day
Only respondents who said they have consumed alcohol in the last 12 months (in the preparatory and check question above) were asked AUDIT-1m. Hence, a ‘never’ option was not provided
Question 2 modified
How many drinks containing alcohol do you have on a typical day when you are drinking? [The usual amount of drinking alcohol per occasion was derived from each detailed response provided on what individuals consumed on their last four drinking occasions (“Finnish” method)] 1 or 2
3 or 4
5 or 6
7, 8, or 9
10 or more
[Original response categories were applied to the continuous data on drinking] All respondents who were asked AUDIT-1m were then asked AUDIT-2m
Derived from last four occasions data that was collected on the App
Question 3 modified and presented visually
How often do you have six or more standard drinks on one occasion? Thinking of the last 12-months
[Since Easter last year]a, how often
Would you drink [this much grog or more] in 1 day (24 h)?
Less than monthly
Daily or almost daily
‘Once in a blue moon’ (less than once a month)
Sometimes (1–3 times a month)
A few times a week (1–3 times a week)
Most days or every day
All respondents who were asked AUDIT-1m and AUDIT-2m were then asked AUDIT-3mV
Dynamically shows an image equivalent of 5 standard drinks (50 g ethanol) of the alcohol type most often consumed by each participant (based on the last four drinking occasions)
  1. aAustralian colloquial word for ‘alcohol’
  2. bExample of reference points used to anchor answers reflecting on ‘in the last 12-months’ time period. This dynamically changes according to the time of year that the survey is completed. For example, other reference points include New Year and commonly known football grand finals
  3. cAustralian colloquial word for ‘rarely’