The topic of alcohol consumption/abuse comes up in many conversations between physician and patient. Physicians are taught to screen all patients for their drinking habits. The CAGE questionnaire is commonly used, either in written or oral form:
- Do you ever feel you should Cut down on your alcohol consumption?
- Have you been Annoyed by criticism of your drinking?
- Do you ever feel Guilty about your drinking?
- Do you ever have an Eye-opener (drink in the early morning)?
Following are three scenarios about alcohol. One concerns an elderly woman; the other two are two versions of a conversation with a pregnant woman.