Are you drinking too much? This Alcohol Use Disorders Test (AUDIT) was developed some years ago by the World Health Organization (WHO). In general, higher scores on AUDIT reflect a greater need for action. If you have patterns of hazardous or harmful drinking, the first step may be to arrange an initial evaluation.
So-called casual, responsible, or moderate drinking is generally defined as drinking at a level that does not interfere with or compromise one’s health, social relationships, daily obligations, personal safety, or the safety of others.
Please answer every question. At the end of the self-assessment, your score will be displayed. Keep in mind that a “standard drink” is defined as any serving of an alcoholic beverage that contains approximately 14 grams of ethyl alcohol. This amount of alcohol is found in a 12 oz serving of beer, a 1.5 oz serving (“shot glass”) of hard liquor (e.g., vodka, scotch, vermouth, brandy, bourbon, rum, etc.), or a 5 oz. glass of wine.
Alcohol Use Self-Assessment
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The Alcohol Use Disorders Test (AUDIT) was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to identify patterns of hazardous or harmful drinking. In general, higher scores on the AUDIT reflect a greater likelihood of hazardous or harmful drinking, greater severity of alcohol-related problems, and greater need for more treatment.
INSTRUCTIONS: Please read each question carefully. Answer every question, even if it does not apply to you. At the end click the “Score” button and your score will be displayed below the assessment box. After your score, you can read general guidelines for interpreting your score.
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How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?
How many units of alcohol do you drink on a typical day when you are drinking?
How often did you have six or more drinks on one occasion in the past year?
How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?
How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected from you because of drinking?
How often during the last year have you needed an alcoholic drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?
How often during the last year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking?
How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?
Have you or someone else been injured as a result of your drinking?
Has a relative or friend or a doctor or another health worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down?
Please note: An alcohol self-assessment test is designed to help you self-evaluate your drinking. A self-assessment test is not a diagnostic test. A self-assessment test should not be used to make clinical decisions. A self-assessment test is not a substitute for evaluation by a doctor or other healthcare professional.
How to Interpret Your AUDIT Score
0 to 7: Scores in this range suggest that your drinking is not causing serious problems or putting you at risk of suffering serious alcohol-related problems at this time and may fall into the category of moderate casual drinking. Nonetheless, if you and/or others are concerned about your drinking and would like a professional evaluation, please contact us to schedule a private consultation.
8 to 15: Scores in this range suggest that your drinking is already causing problems and putting you at risk of experiencing more serious alcohol-related problems if it continues at this level. In other words, your alcohol consumption is beyond the limits of casual moderate drinking. You may want to consider reducing your alcohol consumption or stopping completely. Please contact us to schedule a private consultation.
16+: Scores in this range, and particularly those above 20, suggest that you are experiencing significant alcohol-related problems and may be alcohol dependent. You would be well advised to consult with a qualified healthcare professional to discuss available treatment options. Please contact us to schedule a private consultation.