Do I Have An Alcoholic Addiction? Self- Assessment Tool

Do I Have An Alcohol Addiction? Self-Assessment Tool/Alcoholism Test

These assessments do not take the place of a professional diagnosis. However, these asessments may be very helpful in determining whether or not you are heavily abusing alcohol or have an addiction.

The CAGE Alcoholism Test

This simple test is surprisingly accurate. Answer yes or no to each question.(1)

Have you ever thought you should Cut down your drinking?
Have you ever felt Annoyed when people have commented on your drinking?
Have you ever felt Guilty or bad about your drinking?
Have you ever had an Eye opener (i.e. hair of the dog) first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover?

Your score:

Score one point for each yes answer.

If you scored 1, there is an 75% chance you’re addicted to alcohol.
If you scored 2, there is an 85% chance you’re addicted to alcohol.
If you scored 3, there is a 99% chance you’re addicted to alcohol.
If you scored 4, there is a 100% chance you’re addicted to alcohol.

The AUDIT Self-Assessment/Alcoholism Test

The AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The test correctly classifies 95% of people into either alcoholics or non-alcoholics.

To correctly answer some of these questions you need to know the definition of a drink. For this test one drink is:

  • One can of beer (12 oz or approx 330 ml of 5% alcohol), or
  • One glass of wine (5 oz or approx 140 ml of 12% alcohol), or
  • One shot of liquor (1.5 oz or approx 40 ml of 40% alcohol).

Record the number following each of the following answers that best describes you. At the end of the assessment, you will add up your scores to determine your results.

1. How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?

Never (score 0)
Monthly or Less (score 1)
2-4 times a month (score 2)
2-3 times a week (score 3)
4 or more times a week (score 4)

2. How many alcoholic drinks do you have on a typical day when you are drinking?

1 or 2 (0)
3 or 4 (1)
5 or 6 (2)
7-9 (3)
10 or more (4)

3. How often do you have 6 or more drinks on one occasion?

Never (0)
Less than monthly (1)
Monthly (2)
Weekly (3)
Daily or almost daily (4)

4. How often during the past year have you found that you drank more or for a longer time than you intended?

alcoholism test | Just Believe RecoveryNever (0)
Less than monthly (1)
Monthly (2)
Weekly (3)
Daily or almost daily (4)

5. How often during the past year have you failed to do what was normally expected of you because of your drinking?

Never (0)
Less than monthly (1)
Monthly (2)
Weekly (3)
Daily or almost daily (4)

6. How often during the past year have you had a drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?

Never (0)
Less than monthly (1)
Monthly (2)
Weekly (3)
Daily or almost daily (4)

7. How often during the past year have you felt guilty or remorseful after drinking?

Never (0)
Less than monthly (1)
Monthly (2)
Weekly (3)
Daily or almost daily (4)

8. How often during the past year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because of your drinking (blackout) ?

alcoholism test | Just Believe RecoveryNever (0)
Less than monthly (1)
Monthly (2)
Weekly (3)
Daily or almost daily (4)

9. Have you or anyone else been injured as a result of your drinking?

No (0)
Yes, but not in the past year (2)
Yes, during the past year (4)

10. Has a relative, friend, doctor, or health care worker been concerned about your drinking, or suggested that you cut down?

No (0)
Yes, but not in the past year (2)
Yes, during the past year (4)

Your score:

If you scored 8-10 or more, you are probably addicted to alcohol.

References

Ewing, J.A., Detecting alcoholism. The CAGE questionnaire. JAMA, 1984. 252(14): p. 1905-7.
Bush, B., et al., Screening for alcohol abuse using the CAGE questionnaire. Am J Med, 1987. 82(2): p. 231-5.
Babor, T.F., et al., AUDIT: The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test. Guidelines for Use in Primary Care. World Health Organization, Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence. https://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2001/WHO_MSD_MSB_01.6a.pdf. WHO.