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An Addiction-Alcoholism Test/ Am I Addicted?
Here are three tests to help you decide if you have an addiction.
The CAGE Test for Alcohol Addiction
This simple test is surprisingly accurate. Answer yes or no to each question.(1)
If you scored 1, there is an 80% chance you're addicted to alcohol.
The Modified CAGE Test for All Addictions
Most self-test questionnaires apply to alcohol addiction, but can be easily adapted to any addiction.
The AUDIT Test for Alcohol Addiction (Alcoholism)
The AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The test correctly classifies 95% of people into either alcoholics or non-alcoholics. It was tested on 2000 people before being published. (The pdf format version of the AUDIT is available through the WHO website. Copyright 1993 World Health Organization.)(2)
To correctly answer some of these questions you need to know the definition of a drink.
For this test one drink is:
1. How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?
2. How many alcoholic drinks do you have on a typical day when you are drinking?
3. How often do you have 6 or more drinks on one occasion?
4. How often during the past year have you found that you drank more or for a longer time than you intended?
5. How often during the past year have you failed to do what was normally expected of you because of your drinking?
6. How often during the past year have you had a drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?
7. How often during the past year have you felt guilty or remorseful after drinking?
8. How often during the past year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because of your drinking?
9. Have you or anyone else been injured as a result of your drinking?
10. Has a relative, friend, doctor, or health care worker been concerned about your drinking, or suggested that you cut down?
It may seem like the AUDIT questionnaire is an easy test to fail. If you applied this test to other aspects of your life you will almost certainly come up 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 them. It is extremely reliable when it comes to assessing alcohol addiction.
1) Ewing, J.A., Detecting alcoholism. The CAGE questionnaire. JAMA, 1984. 252(14): p. 1905-7.
Last Modified: April 12, 2015
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