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This tool can help you
see if your drinking is dangerous or unhealthy or if you may be
addicted to alcohol. The results may show that you need to seek help from a doctor.
Try to answer the
questions as accurately as possible. The answers to your test are
This tool alone is not enough for
diagnosis. If you think you might have a drinking problem, seek help from a health professional no matter how you score on this test.
The more signs of an
alcohol problem you have, the higher your score will be. Your score will appear
as one of the following:
As with all screening tools, this tool is not meant to
take the place of a thorough evaluation by your doctor. If you think you may
have a problem, see your doctor.
Drinking too much can cause serious
health problems. It also can have an impact on your life and the lives of
people you care about. If you are concerned about your drinking or you cannot
control how much you drink, contact your doctor for help right away. An
untreated alcohol problem can get worse over time.
is possible to overcome an alcohol problem without help. But especially in the
addiction, most people need treatment such as
counseling and medicines to get better. With treatment, you can overcome your
alcohol problems and live a healthier, happier life. The choice to go to your
doctor for help is the first step on your path to getting better.
For more information, see the topic
Alcohol Abuse and Dependence.
Other Works Consulted
Babor TF, et al. (2001). AUDIT: The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test—Guidelines for Use in Primary Care, 2nd ed. (WHO Publ No. MSD/MSB/01.6a). Geneva: World Health Organization. Available online: http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/publications/alcohol/en.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerPeter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
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