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Self Assessment

Complete this simple self-assessment* to find out.

This questionnaire is designed to indicate whether your drinking is at safe, harmful, hazardous or dependent levels.  The questions are about your use of alcohol during the past 12 months.  In questions 2 and 3, a unit of alcohol means:

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Self Assessment

  Scoring system Your score
0 1 2 3 4
How often do you have a drink containing alcohol? Never Monthlyor less 2 – 4 times per month 2 – 3 times per week 4+ times per week
How many units of alcohol do you drink on a typical day when you are drinking? 1 -2 3 – 4 5 – 6 7 – 9 10+
How often have you had 6 or more units if female, or 8 or more if male, on a single occasion in the last year? Never Less than monthly Monthly Weekly Daily or almost daily
How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started? Never Less than monthly Monthly Weekly Daily or almost daily
How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected Questions from you because of your drinking? Never Less than monthly Monthly Weekly Daily or almost daily
How often during the last year have you needed an alcoholic drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session? Never Less than monthly Monthly Weekly Daily or almost daily
How often during the last year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking? Never Less than monthly Monthly Weekly Daily or almost daily
How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking? Never Less than monthly Monthly Weekly Daily or almost daily
Have you or somebody else been injured as a result of your drinking? No Yes, but not in the last year Yes, during the last year
Has a relative or friend, doctor or other health worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested that you cut down? No Yes, but not in the last year Yes, during the last year
Yout total score:

What your score indicates

Less than 8   Congratulations! Your score indicates you are drinking within a sensible range.
 8 – 19  Your score indicates harmful or hazardous drinking.Drinking at your current level puts you at risk of developing problems. Consider cutting down, or seeking help if you can’t. There are lots of tips and tools available on our ‘Cutting down safely’ page
More than 19  Your score indicates that your drinking is already causing you problems, and you could be dependent. You should definitely take action now to stop or reduce your drinking. There’s lots of help available, so don’t be afraid to use it!Get in touch today to see how SMART can help, or try some of our self-help tools to get you started.

*Babor TF, Higgins-Biddle JC, Saunders JB, Monteiro MG; The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test, Guidelines for Use in Primary Care, Second Edition, Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence, World Health Organization, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland. ©World Health Organization 2001, reproduced here with permission.