Quiz: Is My Drinking a Problem?

Below are 11 questions to help you gauge if your alcohol use may be problematic.


Instructions: Answer the questions below and determine if they are True or False for you. False answers are assigned 0 points, and True answers are assigned 1 point. To score, add up your number of points and utilize the scoring key below. Higher scores are associated with a higher number of symptoms that are indicative of a Substance Use Disorder.


Disclaimer: This quiz should not be used for diagnostic purposes or in place of seeing a qualified mental health professional.


1. After I start drinking, I drink more than I was planning on, or for a longer period of time than I intended.

(0) False

(1) True


2. I have tried to cut down or stop drinking for a period of time but have not been able to.

(0) False

(1) True


3. I spend a lot of time obtaining, using or recovering from my drinking.

(0) False

(1) True


4. I get cravings or urges to drink,

(0) False

(1) True


5. My drinking sometimes causes me to blow off or be less productive at school, work, or home.

(0) False

(1) True


6. I continue to drink even if my drinking causes issues in my relationships with others.

(0) False

(1) True


7. Drinking sometimes takes priority over other social, recreational, or occupational activities that are important to me.

(0) False

(1) True


8. I drink even in situations when it can be dangerous, such as before or while driving.

(0) False

(1) True


9. I drink even if I know I have a medical or mental health problem that can be caused by, or made worse by, my drinking.

(0) False

(1) True


10. As time goes on, I need to drink more and more in order to get the effect I want.

(0) False

(1) True


11. When I stop drinking, I experience symptoms such as shakiness, sweating, loss of appetite, irritability, restlessness, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, tremors, headaches, or seizures.

(0) False

(1) True



Scoring:

2-3 points — there is some indication that your drinking may be problematic.

4-5 points — there is indication that your drinking is problematic.

6+ points — there is significant indication that your drinking is problematic.


If there is any indication that your drinking may be a problem, it is recommended that you meet with a qualified health professional.

 

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