The Short Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test–Geriatric Version (SMAST-G) is often used in outpatient settings to detect "at-risk" alcohol use, alcohol abuse, or alcoholism in older adults. As the number of older adults in the United States grows, those who develop problems of abuse and a dependence on alcohol will grow as well. The availability of accurate, easy-to-use screening tools to detect people in need of counseling can increase the number of older adults whose lives can be improved and even lengthened. To watch a free online video of a nurse administering the SMAST-G, go to http://links.lww.com/A271.
Alcohol dependence: it's a growing problem among people over age 50. This article describes the use of the Short Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test–Geriatric Version for screening alcohol use and abuse in older adults.
Madeline A. Naegle is a professor at the New York University College of Nursing, where she coordinates the psychiatric– mental health advanced practice nursing program, which includes a specialization in substance-related disorders.
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Screening for Alcohol Use and Misuse in Older Adults: Erratum
We inadvertently omitted the financial disclosure statement. This article should have included the following statement saying, "The authors of this article have no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity."
This erratum is published in the March 2009 issue of AJN.