If you are concerned that you may have a drinking problem, answer the following questions. Scoring is simple: The numbers for each response are added up to give a composite score. If your score is above 8 an in-depth assessment is warranted and may be indicative of an alcohol problem. For further information contact:
1) How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?
2) How many drinks containing alcohol do you have on a typical day when you are drinking?
3) How often do you have six or more drinks on one occasion?
4) How often during the last year have you found that you were unable to stop drinking once you had started?
5) How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected from you because of drinking?
6) How often during the last year have you needed a first drink in the morning to get going after a heavy drinking session?
7) How often during the last year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking?
8) How often during the last year have you been unable to remember the night before because you had been drinking?
9) Have you or someone else been injured as the result of your drinking?
10) Has a relative, friend, or health professional been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down?
This screening test has excellent reliability and validity established across multicultural populations. It was developed by the World Health Organization and was published in a highly recommended volume: Hester, R. K., & Miller, W. R. (1995). Handbook of Alcoholism Treatment Approaches: Effective Alternatives (2nd ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.