Offers interactive tool to help you find out if you may have an alcohol problem. Calculates how many signs of a drinking problem you have. Suggests if you are at low, medium, or high risk for an alcohol problem. Links to info on alcohol abuse.
Interactive Tool: Do You Have a Drinking Problem?
What does this tool help you learn?
This tool can help you
see if your drinking is dangerous or unhealthy or if you may be
addicted to alcohol. The results may show that you need to seek help from a doctor.
Try to answer the
questions as accurately as possible. The answers to your test are
This tool alone is not enough for
diagnosis. If you think you might have a drinking problem, seek help from a health professional no matter how you score on this test.
What does your score mean?
The more signs of an
alcohol problem you have, the higher your score will be. Your score will appear
as one of the following:
Low risk for alcohol problems: Your drinking habits are probably not harmful as long as you continue to
limit your alcohol intake or don't drink at all. See the topic Drinking and Your Health.
Medium risk for alcohol problems: You may drink too much from time to time. Your
drinking habits may not be safe or healthy for yourself or others. Limit how
much you drink, or quit altogether.
High risk for alcohol problems: Your drinking is likely to cause problems if you don't cut
back or quit altogether. Talk to your doctor about how you can limit your
drinking or quit. If you have trouble cutting back or quitting for an extended
period of time, or if you start drinking more, see your doctor or another
health professional for help.
Likely alcohol dependence: You are likely addicted to alcohol and need treatment to recover and
stay sober. If you do not seek help, your drinking is likely to cause serious
problems. See your doctor or another health professional for help.
As with all screening tools, this tool is not meant to
take the place of a thorough evaluation by your doctor. If you think you may
have a problem, see your doctor.
Drinking too much can cause serious
health problems. It also can have an impact on your life and the lives of
people you care about. If you are concerned about your drinking or you cannot
control how much you drink, contact your doctor for help right away. An
untreated alcohol problem can get worse over time.
is possible to overcome an alcohol problem without help. But especially in the
addiction, most people need treatment such as
counseling and medicines to get better. With treatment, you can overcome your
alcohol problems and live a healthier, happier life. The choice to go to your
doctor for help is the first step on your path to getting better.
Babor TF, et al. (2001). AUDIT: The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test—Guidelines for Use in Primary Care, 2nd ed. (WHO Publ No. MSD/MSB/01.6a). Geneva: World Health Organization. Available online: http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/publications/alcohol/en.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.