Michigan Alcohol Screening Test
The Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST) is a relatively simple and widely used screening instrument that was designed principally to provide a quantifiable, structured interview instrument for the detection of alcoholism in adults. It consists of 25 face-valid questions that require a simple "yes" or "no" answer, which can be rapidly administered.
The MAST focuses on the consequences of problem drinking and on the subjects' own perceptions of their alcohol problems. It has been widely used in a variety of settings with varied populations. These include alcoholics, persons convicted of driving while intoxicated, other social or problem drinkers, drug abusers, psychiatric patients, and general medical patients.
The MAST can be self-administered or administered by an interviewer and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. No training is required for administration.
Notes: by Melvin L. Selzer, M.D.