SBIRT Resources

SBIRT forms? Patient flow diagrams? SBIRT patient information guides and resources? Stand up training for SBIRT? Powerpoint templates?

If its SBIRT related, we’ve made it, can make it, have been involved in federally support research projects about it, and consulted on it!

Videos and web-based courses are useful for learning what SBIRT is all about and how to implement it within your organization but performance support tools are where the rubber meets the road.

Some examples of the resources we’ve worked on include are shown below. Contact us for more information about using or adapting these or if you would like us to help you make your own SBIRT resources.

The Drinker’s Pyramid

A cleaned up version of a Drinker’s Pyramid. This one shows different categories of drinkers, from abstainers, to low risk, through probably alcohol dependence. It depicts the parallel range that usually accompanies these from the AUDIT, and also provides a general sense of the proportion of the population that lands in each category/range. Useful as a visual aid to work with patients in order to better understand their own drinking and how it relates to that of other people.



High Risk Drinking & the Body

A simple, clean, accurate patient guide to understanding how drinking affects various body systems. Formatted to fit into an overall look for SBIRT in a particular clinic. Different style elements can be readily changed out depending on the needs of different clinics while retaining the base content.



The Standard Drink

Exactly how much is in a drink and how much is too much? That’s what this patient information sheet is all about: the standard drink and suggested general drinking limits for men and women. Again, the style used to convey the information is light but professional, and in line with the other materials in the series. Other places wishing to implement SBIRT could adapt the baseline content and we could change out the tone and art, tweaking it to be appropriate for your organization’s culture.



Brief Screening Questionnaire: Health Behavior Assessment

Brief screener? Yep, that’s what you need before jumping to the AUDIT or DAST. A nice, simple, structurally sound way to ask about sex, drugs, and, no not rock and roll, but smoking perhaps? This is where a brief screener comes in. How often did you drink last year? Do you smoke? This captures it all and can be provider or self-completed.



Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-10)

A cleaned up version of the DAST as an example of how an organization can take a standard form, change it up visually just a little bit, and make a significant difference in how it looks, while retaining validated questions and question types.



AUDIT: Self-Report Version

As with the DAST, taking the standard AUDIT and just tweaking the look a little bit, can make it a part of your SBIRT implementation kit. Anything SBIRT related should have the similar visual elements so it is readily identifiable, friendly, and, just maybe a little fun!



4 thoughts on “AUDIT: Self-Report Version

  1. I need some citations to back up the percentages in the Drinker’s Pyramid. Who says that 25% of the population will score 8 or above on the AUDIT? Where do these statistics come from? I need some support — it’s not enough that it’s printed and looks pretty.

    • The original Drinker’s Pyramid was published by WHO.


      Which is Babor & Higgins-Biddle, 2001.

      I will note that that document also does not provide the source for the percentages.

      However, one of the author’s of that publication is also the lead on most AUDIT research including the original validation.

      Note that the entire purpose of the pyramid is to lay out the percentages. Therefore the callout at the bottom is merely a rewording of the Zone 3 (High Risk) and 4 (Probably Dependence) cumulative rates from the pyramid.

      I’ve been doing a little digging to try to find additional original citations on those numbers but haven’t had a lot of time lately and did not immediately find it, though I found some similar results for different populations. That is, I do not see a publication that sets for the percentages and what that study looked like… beyond this publication (above) that reports them in passing.

      If you have a specific issue with those rates, I would suggest you take it up with Babor or the WHO….

      Really glad you think it looks great and prints okay. Thank you. Rick Goldsworthy, PhD, Director R&D

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