Use this short screening test (adapted from the World Health Organisation's Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test 2001)
to help determine if you should seek help for an alcohol problem or whether you should cut back on your alcohol use.
If you are worried about the drinking habits of someone else, answer the questions to the best of your knowledge.
Instructions: The 10 items below refer to how you have behaved during the past year. For each item, indicate the statement that is most true for you, by checking the appropriate box next to the item.
In questions 2 and 3, a unit of alcohol means 10 grams of alcohol.
For example (approximate values):
- 1 x bottle of 12% wine = 9 units
- 1 x pint 5% beer = 3 units
- 1 x can of 5 % beer, lager, cider = 2 units; 4 cans = 9 units
- 1 x can of 9 % beer, lager, cider = 4 units; 4 cans = 16 units
- 1 x 75cl bottle of 40% spirits = 30 units
What the scores mean:
- Less than 8 indicates sensible drinking
- 8 - 19 indicates harmful or hazardous drinking - drinking at your current level puts you at risk of developing problems. Consider cutting down, or seeking help if you can't
- A score of 13 or more in women, and 15 or more in men, is likely to indicate alcohol dependence
- 20 or above indicates that your drinking is already causing you problems, and you could be dependent. You should definitely stop or reduce your drinking. You should seek help if you can't.