Alcohol Awareness Week 2013 – do you drink too much?

Do you drink too much?  Could you be at risk of a breakdown in your relationship, losing your job, or worse still early death?  As part of Alcohol Awareness Week 2013, take Abbeycare’s quick test to see if you may have a problem with alcohol.

This test is the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT) and is used by many practitioners throughout the UK to identify people who would benefit from reducing or ceasing drinking.  The majority of excessive drinkers are undiagnosed.

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

(0) Never

(1) Monthly

(2) 2-3 times a month

(3) 3-4 times a week

(4) 4 or more times a week

2. How many units of alcohol do you drink on a typical day when you are drinking?

(0) 1 or 2

(1) 3 or 4

(2) 5 or 6

(3) 7, 8 or 9

(4) 10 or more

3. How often do you have six or more units of alcohol on one occasion?

(0) Never

(1) Less than monthly

(2) Monthly

(3) Weekly

(4) Daily or almost daily

4. How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?

(0) Never

(1) Less than monthly

(2) Monthly

(3) Weekly

(4) Daily or almost daily

5. How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected of you because of drinking?

(0) Never

(1) Less than monthly

(2) Monthly

(3) Weekly

(4) Daily or almost daily

6. How often in the last year have you needed a drink first thing in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?

(0) Never

(1) Less than monthly

(2) Monthly

(3) Weekly

(4) Daily or almost daily

7. How often during the last year have you had a feeling of remorse after drinking/

(0) Never

(1) Less than monthly

(2) Monthly

(3) Weekly

(4) Daily or almost daily

8. How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?

(0) Never

(1) Less than monthly

(2) Monthly

(3) Weekly

(4) Daily or almost daily

9. Have you or someone else been injured because of your drinking?

(0) No

(2) Yes, but not in the last year

(3) Yes, during the last year

10. Has a relative or friend or doctor or another health worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested that you cut down?

(0) No

(2) Yes, but not in the last year

(3) Yes, in the last year

 

ADD UP YOUR TOTAL

If your total is greater than 8, you may have a problem with alcohol.

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