Do you drink too much?
 
 
 
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Take this 2-minute test to find out.

 



Thinking about your drinking behavior over the last 12 months, choose the closest answer that applies to you for each question below.


1) How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?
Never (0 points)
Monthly or less (1 point)
2 to 4 times a month (2 points)
2 to 3 times a week (3 points)
4 or more times a week (4 points)

2) How many drinks containing alcohol do you have on a typical day when you are drinking?
1 or 2 (0 points)
3 or 4 (1 point)
5 or 6 (2 points)
7 to 9 (3 points)
10 or more (4 points)

3) How often do you have 5 or more drinks on one occasion?
Never (0 points)
Less than monthly (1 point)
Monthly (2 points)
Weekly (3 points)
Daily or almost daily (4 points)

4) How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?
Never (0 points)
Less than monthly (1 point)
Monthly (2 points)
Weekly (3 points)
Daily or almost daily (4 points)

5) How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected of you because of drinking?
Never (0 points)
Less than monthly (1 point)
Monthly (2 points)
Weekly (3 points)
Daily or almost daily (4 points)

6) How often during the last year have you needed a first drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?
Never (0 points)
Less than monthly (1 point)
Monthly (2 points)
Weekly (3 points)
Daily or almost daily (4 points)

7) How often during the last year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking?
Never (0 points)
Less than monthly (1 point)
Monthly (2 points)
Weekly (3 points)
Daily or almost daily (4 points)

8) How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?
Never (0 points)
Less than monthly (1 point)
Monthly (2 points)
Weekly (3 points)
Daily or almost daily (4 points)

9) Have you or someone else been injured as a result of your drinking?
No (0 points)
Yes, but not in the last year (2 points)
Yes, during the last year (4 points)

10) Has a relative, a friend, a doctor or another health worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down?
No (0 points)
Yes, but not in the last year (2 points)
Yes, during the last year (4 points)

Total Point Count:


Assessing Your Score

  • Low Risk (0 to 7 points): You probably do not have a problem with alcohol. Continue drinking in moderation or not at all.
  • Medium Risk (8 to 15 points): You may drink too much on occasion. This may put you or others at risk. Try to cut down on alcohol or stop drinking completely.
  • High Risk (16 to 19 points): Your drinking could lead to harm if it has not already. It is important that you cut down on alcohol or stop drinking completely. Ask your doctor or an addiction specialist for advice on how best to cut down.
  • Addiction Likely (20+ points): It is likely that your drinking is causing harm. Speak to your doctor or an addiction specialist. Ask about medications and counseling that can help you stop drinking. If you are dependent on alcohol, do not stop drinking without the help of a healthcare professional.




Source:
Reproduced with permission from Babor, Higgins-Biddle, Saunders, and Monteiro. The Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test: Guidelines for Use in Primary Care, Second Edition. World Health Organization, 2001.