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Table 1 Patient responses to knowledge and belief-based questions

From: Knowledge gaps and acceptability of abbreviated alcohol screening in general practice: a cross-sectional survey of hazardous and non-hazardous drinkers

  Question Correct Response Proportion of correct/positive responses Sig. (p)
All Patients AUDIT-C <5 (n = 119) AUDIT-C ≥5 (n = 60)
1 Have you heard of the term ‘unit of alcohol’ before? n/a 92.70 % 91.50 % 94.90 % 0.415
2 Which is closest to 1 unit of alcohol? B 21.6 % 24.8 % 15.5 % 0.164
A) Glass of wine;      
B) Single measure of whisky;      
C) Pint of beer;      
D) Bottle (330 ml) of lager      
3 What’s the maximum recommended weekly alcohol intake for someone of your sex? Males (B); Females (A) 71.4 % 77.5 % 59.6 % 0.015*
A) 14 units      
B) 21 Units;      
C) 28 Units;      
  D)35 Units      
4 It is safer to drink your maximum weekly recommended amount of alcohol spread over more days rather than all in one day T 83.8 % 82.9 % 85.0 % 0.722
5 A can of regular coke has more calories than a pint of beer F 48.9 % 52.1 % 42.4 % 0.221
6 Alcohol improves sleep F 84.7 % 88.0 % 78.3 % 0.089
7 Alcohol can be fattening T 93.9 % 92.5 % 96.4 % 0.324
8 Alcohol can reduce fertility in: D 76.4 % 74.6 % 80.0 % 0.420
A) Men;      
B) Women;      
C) Neither men nor women;      
D) Both men and women      
9 Alcohol is a stimulant F 39.2 % 39.3 % 39.0 % 0.966
10 HIV kills more people worldwide than alcohol F 86.0 % 86.1 % 86.0 % 0.983
11 Alcohol kills brain cells T 92.7 % 94.1 % 90.0 % 0.361
12 In the UK, there are more people addicted to alcohol than to marijuana T 94.9 % 93.2 % 98.3 % 0.141
13 Men are affected by alcohol to the same level as women of the same height and weight F 72.9 % 70.1 % 78.3 % 0.243
14 Drinking a small amount of alcohol can be good for one’s health n/a 65.5 % 55.6 % 85.0 % <0.001*
15 Drinking more alcohol than recommended can cause:      
  A) Liver problems; T 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % n/a
  B) Blindness; F 65.1 % 63.6 % 67.9 % 0.590
  C) High blood pressure; T 93.1 % 91.4 % 96.6 % 0.196
  D) Cancer T 60.0 % 62.3 % 55.4 % 0.386
16 Do you think that alcohol is a significant problem in the UK? n/a 94.4 % 94.9 % 93.3 % 0.665
17 Are alcohol-drinking health guidelines publicised well enough? n/a 32.0 % 30.3 % 35.6 % 0.472
18 Should questions on alcohol habits feature in every GP consultation? n/a 66.1 % 69.5 % 59.3 % 0.178
19 You would know how to find more information, advice and help regarding alcohol use:      
  A) Strongly disagree n/a 5.2 % 4.3 % 6.8 % 0.493
  B) Disagree n/a 7.5 % 8.7 % 5.1 % 0.391
  C) Neither agree nor disagree n/a 21.8 % 23.5 % 18.6 % 0.465
  D) Agree n/a 48.3 % 47.8 % 49.2 % 0.868
  E) Strongly agree n/a 17.2 % 15.7 % 20.3 % 0.439
  1. Knowledge and belief-based questionnaire response data for all patients; patients with an AUDIT-C score of <5; and patients with an AUDIT-C score of ≥5, denoting ‘hazardous drinking and risk of alcohol dependence’. Where appropriate, the correct response is given. χ2 tests were used to compare frequencies between the AUDIT-C negative and AUDIT-C positive groups. * denotes a P-value <0.05 and is considered significant