T-ACE

T-ACE

An abbreviated 4-question instrument that circumvents the problems of denial and under-reporting that historically make self-reporting of alcohol abuse during pregnancy of limited value. It has the further advantage of not seeming to pry into current drinking habits, which might prompt untruthful answers.

T-ACE

Obstetrics, substance abuse An abbreviated 4-question test that '…circumvents the problems of denial and underreporting that historically make self-reporting–of alcohol abuse during pregnancy…of limited value…(it has the further advantage of not seeming to pry into current drinking habits, which might prompt untruthful answers. The key question concerns Tolerance, one of the best predictors of continued drinking during pregnancy: 'How many drinks does it take to make you feel high?'…more than two …is…enough alcohol to bear a child with ARBD–alcohol-related birth defects. That risk is amplified by positive responses to one of T-ACE's other queries about whether she has been Annoyed by criticism of her drinking, has felt she should Cut down, and has ever had an Eye-opener–a drink first thing in the morning to steady herself or get rid of a hangover
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The T-ACE (Tolerance, Annoyed, Cut Down, Eye-opener) tool involves four questions that take less than 1 minute to administer (FIGURE 1, page 43).
The T-Ace programme offers a methodology for identifying risk cases and Brief Interventions, Parents under Pressure and the Vulnerable Infants Project in Scotland offer ways forward.
According to the Canadian guidelines, all pregnant women should be screened for alcohol use using validated screening tools such as the T-ACE (tolerance, annoyed, cut-down, eye-opener) or TWEAK (tolerance, worry, eye-opener, amnesia, cut-down).
The T-ACE instrument asks four questions: How many drinks does it take to make you feel high (Tolerance)?
The predefined risk criteria for study enrollment included a total score of two or more on the four-item T-ACE alcohol screening instrument and any alcohol use in the 3 months before study enrollment (while pregnant), consumption of at least one drink per day in the 6 months before study enrollment, or drinking during a previous pregnancy.
Numerous alcohol screening tools are available, but the TWEAK screen and the T-ACE screen have been specifically developed for and validated in women.
In contrast, the T-ACE is a test developed to ascertain drinking in a very specific population--pregnant women.
The T-ACE. The T-ACE (Sokol, Martier, & Ager, 1989) is similar to the CAGE, except that it substitutes a question on tolerance for the CAGE question on guilt (see Table 1).
New assessment tools for risk drinking during pregnancy: T-ACE, TWEAK, and others.
A simple and brief questionnaire to help circumvent denial and underreporting of heavy drinking by pregnant women is the T-ACE. It correctly identified 69 percent of the "risk drinkers" (defined as those consuming 1 ounce of absolute alcohol per day, equivalent to two standard drinks per day) out of a cohort of 971 pregnant women.