Short Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test-geriatric version The SMAST-G

Assess for problem alcohol drinking in the elderly


Screening for alcohol misuse in the elderly can often be challenging, resulting in under-recognition or misdiagnosis. The elderly can present differently from younger adults with alcohol misuse.

As a result, screening tests such as the Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test-Geriatric version (MAST-G) have been developed to overcome these difficulties.


Blow FC, Brower KJ, Schulenberg JE, et al.

The Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test - Geriatric Version (MAST-G): A new elderly-specific screening instrument. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 16:372, 1992.

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1. When talking with others, do you ever underestimate how much you drink?

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