Your Alcohol AUDIT

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.

Drink Definitions:

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

Question 1:

How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?
Never
Monthly or Less
2 to 4 times a month
2 or 3 times a week
4 or more times a week

Question 2:

How many alcohol units do you have on a typical day when you are drinking?
1 or 2
3 or 4
5 or 6
7 to 9
10 or more

Question 3:

How often do you have six or more drinks on one occasion ?
Never
Less than monthly
Monthly
Weekly
Daily or almost daily

Question 4:

During the past year, how often have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?
Never
Less than monthly
Monthly
Weekly
Daily or almost daily

Question 5:

How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected from you because of drinking?
Never
Less than monthly
Monthly
Weekly
Daily or almost daily

Question 6:

During the past year, how often have you needed a drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?
Never
Less than monthly
Monthly
Weekly
Daily or almost daily

Question 7:

During the past year, how often have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking?
Never
Less than monthly
Monthly
Weekly
Daily or almost daily

Question 8:

During the past year, have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?
Never
Less than monthly
Monthly
Weekly
Daily or almost daily

Question 9:

Have you or someone else been injured as a result of your drinking?
No
Yes, but not in the past year
Yes, during the last year

Question 10:

Has a relative or friend, doctor or other health worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down?
No
Yes, but not in the past year
Yes, during the last year

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.
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