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Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Test – AUDIT Screen

The definition of one drink = one can of beer (12 oz approx 330 ml 5% alcohol) = one glass of wine (5 oz approx 140 ml 12% alcohol) = one shot of liquor (1.5 oz approx 40 ml 40% alcohol).

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

  1. Never

  2. Monthly or less

  3. Two to three times/ month

  4. Two to three times/ week

  5. Four or more times a week

II. How many alcoholic drinks do you have on a typical day when you are drinking?

  1. One to two

  2. Three to four

  3. Five to six

  4. Seven to nine

  5. Ten or more

III. How often do you have 6 or more drinks on one occasion?

  1. Never

  2. Less than monthly

  3. Monthly

  4. Weekly

  5. Daily or almost daily

IV. How often during the past year have you drank more or for a longer time than you intended?

  1. Never

  2. Less than monthly

  3. Monthly

  4. Weekly

  5. Daily or almost daily

V. How often during the past year have you failed to do what was normally expected of you because of your drinking?

  1. Never

  2. Less than monthly

  3. Monthly

  4. Weekly

  5. Daily or almost daily

VI. How often during the past year have you had a drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?

  1. Never

  2. Less than monthly

  3. Monthly

  4. Weekly

  5. Daily or almost daily

VII. How often during the past year have you felt guilty or remorseful after drinking?

  1. Never

  2. Less than monthly

  3. Monthly

  4. Weekly

  5. Daily or almost daily

VIII. How often during the past year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because of your drinking?

  1. Never

  2. Less than monthly

  3. Monthly

  4. Weekly

  5. Daily or almost daily

IX. Have you or anyone else been injured as a result of your drinking?

  1. No

  2. Yes, but not in the past year

  3. Yes, during the past year

Your Score:


If you scored 8 or more, you are probably alcohol dependent. The test correctly classifies 95% of people. It may seem that the AUDIT questionnaire is an easy test to fail. If you applied this test to other aspects of your life you will almost certainly score as being addicted to something. For example, most people watch too much television, or eat too much of their favorite food. But those are so-called "soft addictions", and the AUDIT questionnaire was not designed to assess those.

No single test is completely accurate. You should always consult your physician when making decisions about your health.


Reference

Babor, T.F., Higgins-Biddle, J.C., Saunders, J.B., & Monteiro, M.G., AUDIT: The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test. Guidelines for Use in Primary Care. World Health Organization, Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence.  http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2001/WHO_MSD_MSB_01.6a.pdf.