Notice: This brief questionnaire is designed to help you self-evaluate your alcohol use and decide what if anything you may want to do about it. It is not a substitute for clinical evaluation by a qualified healthcare professional.
The questionnaire is based on the Alcohol Use Disorders Test (AUDIT) developed by the World Health Organization (WHO). In general, higher scores reflect a greater need for positive action. If your drinking is either putting you at increased risk of suffering adverse consequences or already causing consequences, we encourage you to schedule an initial evaluation with Dr. Washton.
Please answer every question. At the end of the quiz, your score will be displayed. When answering the questions, please keep in mind that a “one standard drink” is any serving of an alcoholic beverage that contains approximately 12-14 grams of ethyl alcohol. This amount of alcohol is generally 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. Each of these servings is equivalent to one drink.
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?
How to Interpret Your Quiz Score
0 to 7: Scores in this range suggest that your drinking is probably not causing serious problems or putting you at high risk of suffering serious alcohol-related problems at this time. Nonetheless, if you and/or others are concerned about your drinking and you would like a professional evaluation, please contact us to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Washton.
8 to 15: Scores in this range suggest that your drinking is already causing problems and putting you at risk of experiencing more serious problems if it continues at this level. A professional evaluation to can help you decide whether to cut down on your alcohol consumption or take a break from drinking at least for a while. 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 potential treatment options. If you are physically addicted to alcohol and at risk of going into alcohol withdrawal from cutting back or stopping too abruptly, you are strongly advised to seek professional advice before taking further action. Please contact us today to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Washton.