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Is your alcohol consumption harmful?

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2016-06-20

From: http://www.actiononaddiction.org.uk/

If you are worrying about the amount you are drinking, take time to fill in our questionnaire. This will give you a guideline as to whether you need to cut back on your drinking a bit or whether you have a serious problem and need more help. You can also read our sensible drinking tips.

This questionnaire is taken from the WHO AUDIT questionnaire: screen for alcohol misuse1.

Upon completion of the questionnaire, add up your total score and compare it to the profiles given at the bottom of the page.

One unit of alcohol is: ½ pint average strength beer/lager OR one small glass of wine OR one single measure of spirits.

Note: a can of high strength beer or lager may contain 3-4 units.

Please note down the number next to the answer that is correct for you:

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

  • Never [0]
  • Monthly or less [1]
  • 2-4 times a month [2]
  • 2-3 times a week [ 3]
  • 4 or more times a week [4]
2. How many standard drinks containing alcohol do you have on a typical day when drinking?
  • 1 or 2 [0]
  • 3 or 4 [1]
  • 5 or 6 [2]
  • 7 to 9 [3]
  • 10 or more [4]
3. How often do you have six or more drinks on one occasion?
  • Never [0]
  • Less than monthly [1]
  • Monthly [2]
  • Weekly [3]
  • Daily or almost daily [4]
4. During the past year, how often have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?
  • Never [0]
  • Less than monthly [1]
  • Monthly [2]
  • Weekly [3]
  • Daily or almost daily [4]
5. During the past year, how often have you failed to do what was normally expected of you because of drinking?
  • Never [0]
  • Less than monthly [1]
  • Monthly [2]
  • Weekly [3]
  • Daily or almost daily [4]
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 [0]
  • Less than monthly [1]
  • Monthly [2]
  • Weekly [3]
  • Daily or almost daily [4]
7. During the past year, how often have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking?
  • Never [0]
  • Less than monthly [1]
  • Monthly [2]
  • Weekly [3]
  • Daily or almost daily [4]
8. During the past year, have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?
  • Never [0]
  • Less than monthly [1]
  • Monthly [2]
  • Weekly [3]
  • Daily or almost daily [4]
9. Have you or someone else been injured as a result of your drinking?
  • No [0]
  • Yes, but not in the past year [2]
  • Yes, during the past year [4]
10. Has a relative or friend, doctor or other health worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down?
  • No [0]
  • Yes, but not in the past year [2]
  • Yes, during the past year [4]
Scoring the audit

Scores for each question range from 0 to 4, with the first response for each question (eg never) scoring 0, the second (eg less than monthly) scoring 1, the third (eg monthly) scoring 2, the fourth (eg weekly) scoring 3, and the last response (eg. daily or almost daily) scoring 4. For questions 9 and 10, which only have three responses, the scoring is 0, 2 and 4 (from left to right). A score of 8 or more is associated with harmful or hazardous drinking, a score of 13 or more in women, and 15 or more in men, is likely to indicate alcohol dependence.

1Saunders JB, Aasland OG, Babor TF et al. Development of the alcohol use disorders identification test (AUDIT): WHO collaborative project on early detection of persons with harmful alcohol consumption - II. Addiction 1993, 88: 791-803.
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