Assessment

Where Do You Fit in the Drinking World?

Taking the following quiz can help you to identify if your drinking might be a problem worthy of attention.

Drinking Assessment

1. How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?

  • Never
  • Once a month or less
  • Two to four times a month
  • Two to three times a week
  • Four or more times a week

2. How many drinks containing alcohol 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

3. How often do you have six or more drinks on one occasion?

  • Never
  • Less than once a month
  • Monthly
  • Two to three times a week
  • Four or more times a week

4. How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?

  • Never
  • Less than once a month
  • Monthly
  • Two to three times per week
  • Four or more times a week

5. How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected from you because of drinking?

  • Never
  • Less than once a month
  • Monthly
  • Two to three times per week
  • Four or more times a week

6. How often during the last year have you needed a first drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?

  • Never
  • Less than once a month
  • Monthly
  • Two to three times per week
  • Four or more times a week

7. How often during the last year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking?

  • Never
  • Less than once a month
  • Monthly
  • Two to three times per week
  • Four or more times a week

8. How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?

  • Never
  • Less than once a month
  • Monthly
  • Two to three times per week
  • Four or more times a week

9. Have you or someone else been injured as a result of your drinking?

  • No
  • Yes, but not in the last year
  • Yes, during the last year

10. Has a relative or friend, or a doctor or other health care worker, expressed concern about your drinking and suggest you cut down?

  • No
  • Yes, but not in the last year
  • Yes, during the last year

Social Drinking

Alcoholism

 

0-8 = normal social drinking
9-29= almost alcoholic range
30-40 = high risk

Normal social drinkers include those with scores no higher than 8. Above 8, there is a spectrum of abnormal drinking behaviors that are usually deemed worthy of attention. The higher the rating, the more concerning the behaviors are and the greater impact on your life and those around you. This scale is meant to be a guide to help recognize problem drinking behaviors, and should not be used to arrive at any formal diagnoses.