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Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Why are researchers still using such an antiquated instrument as the MAST when there are better instruments available?

Dear Dr. Hoffman,

Thank you for your comment. Obviously, one would have to ask the authors why they chose the particular instruments they did. The MAST is well-validated and has a long history of use. However, it is a lifetime measure which makes it ill-suited for identifying whether alcohol problems are current. In the article we reviewed, the authors, to their credit, used multiple measures of alcohol use problems and disorders. This approach allows for comparison between measures and more confidence in results and patterns that emerge across all assessments.


Sarah E. Nelson, PhD
Associate Director of Research
Division on Addictions

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