Do I Have a Drinking Problem?
The questions below are designed to help you assess whether you have a drinking problem, we hope you find them useful. If you’re unsure and would like to talk to someone about your drinking please feel free to call us at any point.
If you suspect that your drinking has got out of hand & you have a problem that’s beyond your control, these questions can help you to identify how severe that problem is and what you can do to begin to do to get some alcoholism help.
The CAGE Test
One of the most popular and accurate screening tools for alcohol abuse and alcoholism is the CAGE test, a short, four-question test that diagnoses alcohol problems over a lifetime.
C – Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?
A– Have people annoyed you by criticising your drinking?
G – Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?
E – Eye-opener: Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?
Two “yes” answers indicate an alcohol drinking problem.
The CAGE test, like most drinking problem quiz’s or tests, asks about problems associated with drinking and not the amount of alcohol consumed and is useful in attempting to circumvent the denial usually associated with alcohol abuse problems.
The CAGE drinking problem quiz is more accurate for some population groups than others so a more detailed alcohol problem questionnaire is below.
- Do you lose time from work due to drinking?
- Is drinking making your home life unhappy?
- Do you drink because you are shy with other people?
- Is drinking affecting your reputation?
- Have you gotten into financial difficulties as a result of drinking?
- Do you turn to lower companions and an inferior environment when drinking?
- Does your drinking make you careless of your family’s welfare?
- Has your ambition decreased since drinking?
- Do you crave a drink at a definite time daily?
- Do you want a drink the next morning?
- Does drinking cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
- Has your efficiency decreased since you started drinking?
- Is drinking jeopardising your job or business?
- Do you drink to escape from worries or trouble?
- Do you drink alone?
- Have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of drinking?
- Has your doctor ever treated you for drinking?
- Do you drink to build up your self-confidence?
- Have you ever been to a hospital or an institution on account of drinking?
A ‘Yes’ answer to three or more questions indicates an alcohol abuse or alcohol addiction is present and corrective steps need to be taken.
The above questions are courtesy of Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
Generally by the time someone begins to consider whether they have a drinking problem, that in itself may indicate a problem. It’s often the family members of alcoholics that first realise the severity of the drinking problem and pressure the alcoholic into getting some form of treatment.
If you’re concerned about someone’s drinking or drug use please see these questions on how to diagnose an alcoholism or drug addiction problem in someone else.
Please feel free to call us at any point for personalised drug addictions and alcoholism advice.
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