Interactive Tool: Do You Have a Drinking Problem?

What does this tool measure?

Interactive Tool: Do You Have a Drinking Problem?

Try to answer the questions as accurately as possible. Many people who have a drinking problem tend to underestimate how much they drink.

This tool can help you see if your drinking is dangerous or unhealthy or if you may be addicted to alcohol. Based on your answers, the tool calculates how many signs of alcohol problems you have and suggests whether you are likely to have a drinking problem. The answers to your test are confidential.

Although this tool alone is not enough for diagnosis, it may help you decide to seek help from your doctor.

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  Alcohol Abuse Risk

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.

What's next?

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.

Sometimes it is possible to overcome an alcohol problem without help. But especially in the case of 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.

For more information, see the topic Alcohol Abuse and Dependence.

Adapted from: 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.

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References

Other Works Consulted

  • 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.

Credits

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
Last Revised May 20, 2013

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