Have you ever wondered if you are a problem drinker, or just someone that likes to throw back a couple too many drinks on occasion? Have you debated whether you’re an alcoholic of just someone who loves to drink?
You’re not alone, which is why there are plenty of self-assessments out there to know if what you think is normal actually is – or if it means help is warranted. Self-tests are for educational purposes only and should not be considered a clinical diagnosis. They do – however – come in handy for helping to determine if you need to take a closer look at your drinking.
The NCADD (National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence) provides a thorough but easy self-test that will help you determine if you are exhibiting the signs of alcoholism. When taking the self-test it is recommended that you focus your answers around experiences from the most recent 12 months.
Read through each question and respond with a yes or no; then count your "yes" answers. Scoring help is at the bottom of the quiz. Of course the most important part is the follow-through. If your answers determine that you are exhibiting signs of alcoholism then please take the next step to explore help.
NCADD Self-Test: What are the Signs of Alcoholism?
1. Do you drink heavily when you are disappointed, under pressure or have had a quarrel
2. Can you handle more alcohol now than when you first started to drink?
3. Have you ever been unable to remember part of the previous evening, even though
your friends say you didn’t pass out?
4. When drinking with other people, do you try to have a few extra drinks when others
won’t know about it?
5. Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable if alcohol is not available?
6. Are you more in a hurry to get your first drink of the day than you used to be?
7. Do you sometimes feel a little guilty about your drinking?
8. Has a family member or close friend express concern or complained about your drinking?
9. Have you been having more memory “blackouts” recently?
10. Do you often want to continue drinking after your friends say they’ve had enough?
11. Do you usually have a reason for the occasions when you drink heavily?
12. When you’re sober, do you sometimes regret things you did or said while drinking?
13. Have you tried switching brands or drinks, or following different plans to control your
14. Have you sometimes failed to keep promises you made to yourself about controlling or
cutting down on your drinking?
15. Have you ever had a DWI (driving while intoxicated) or DUI (driving under the influence
of alcohol) violation, or any other legal problem related to your drinking?
16. Do you try to avoid family or close friends while you are drinking?
17. Are you having more financial, work, school, and/or family problems as a result of
18. Has your physician ever advised you to cut down on your drinking?
19. Do you eat very little or irregularly during the periods when you are drinking?
20. Do you sometimes have the “shakes” in the morning and find that it helps to have a
“little” drink, tranquilizer or medication of some kind?
21. Have you recently noticed that you can’t drink as much as you used to?
22. Do you sometimes stay drunk for several days at a time?
23. After periods of drinking do you sometimes see or hear things that aren’t there?
24. Have you ever gone to anyone for help about your drinking?
25. Do you ever feel depressed or anxious before, during or after periods of heavy drinking?
26. Have any of your blood relatives ever had a problem with alcohol?
Now for the scoring. If you have answered two or more questions with “yes” then the test indicates you may be at greater risk for alcoholism.
A “yes” answer to between two and eight questions suggests “you should consider arranging a personal meeting with a professional who has experience in the evaluation of alcohol problems”.
If you answered “yes” to more than eight questions, the test deems “you may have a serious level of alcohol-related problems requiring immediate attention and possible treatment”. You should seek professional guidance.