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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 confidential.
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.
Used with permission from: Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test—Guidelines for Use in Primary Care, Second Edition. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2001.
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.
Sometimes it is possible to overcome an alcohol problem without help. But especially in the case of 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.
Current as of: February 5, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicinePeter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and AddictionChristine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as of:
February 5, 2019
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
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