Addiction Assessment Self-Test

The AUDIT Test for Alcohol Addiction

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).

 

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?

Never (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?

Never (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.

It may seem like the AUDIT questionnaire is an easy test to fail. If you applied this test to other aspects of your life you will almost certainly come up as being addicted to something. For example, most people watch too much television, or eat too much of their favorite food. But those are so-called “soft addictions”, and the AUDIT questionnaire was not designed to assess them. It is extremely reliable when it comes to assessing alcohol addiction.

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. It was tested on 2000 people before being published.(1)

(The pdf format version of the AUDIT is available through the WHO website. Copyright 1993 World Health Organization.)

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