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Please Note:      This test is NOT designed to be an evaluation instrument. Only an assessment with a counselor at a licensed agency can determine accomplish that.


Here is a self-test to help you review the role alcohol is playing in your life.

These questions incorporate many of the common symptoms of alcoholism.   This test is intended to help you determine if you or someone you know needs to find out more about alcoholism...


1) Do you occasionally drink heavily after a disappointment, a quarrel, or when the boss gives you a  hard time?

2) When you have trouble or feel under pressure, do you always drink more heavily than usual?

3) Have you notices that you are able to handle more alcohol than you did when you were first drinking?

4) Did you ever wake up the morning after drinking, and discovered that you could not remember part of the evening before -- even though your friends told you that you did not pass out?

5) When drinking with other people, do you try to have a few extra drinks that the others don’t know about?

6) Are there certain occasions that you feel uncomfortable if alcohol is not available?

7) Have you recently noticed that when you begin to drink you are in more a hurry to get the first drink than you used to be?

8) Do you sometimes feel a little guilty about your drinking?

9) Are you sometimes secretly irritated when your family or friends discuss your drinking?

10) Have you recently noticed an increase in the frequency of your memory "blackouts"?

11) Do you often find that you wish to continue drinking after your friends say they’ve had enough?

12) Do you usually have a reason for the occasions when you drink heavily?

13) When you are sober, do you ever regret things you’ve said or done while drinking?

14) Have you tried switching brands or types of alcohol, or used other plans for controlling your drinking?

15) Have you often failed to keep promises you’ve made to yourself or others, to cut down or control your drinking?

16) Have you ever tried to control your drinking by making a change in jobs, or moving to a new location?

17) Do you ever try to avoid family or close friends while drinking?

18) Are you having an increasing number of financial and work problems?

19) Do more people seem to be treating you unfairly and without good reason?

20) Do you eat very little or irregularly when you are drinking?

21) Do you sometimes have the "shakes" in the morning, and find that it helps to have a little drink?

22) Have you recently noticed that you cannot drink as much as you once did?

23) Do you sometimes stay drunk for several days at a time?

24) Do you sometimes feel very depressed and wonder whether life is worth living?

25) Sometimes after periods of drinking, do you see or hear things that aren’t there?

26) Do you ever get terribly frightened after you’ve been drinking heavily?



Any "YES" Answer indicates a probable symptom of alcoholism.

Yes Answers to 2 or more of the questions may indicate the following stages of alcoholism:

Yes answers to questions 1 - 8:  Early Stage of Alcoholism.
Yes answers to questions 9 - 12:  Middle Stage of Alcoholism.
Yes answers to questions 22 - 26:  The beginning of the final stage!


    Alcoholism is repeated drinking that causes trouble in the drinker’s personal, professional or family life. When they drink, alcoholics cannot always predict how much they’ll drink, or what the consequences of their drinking will be

    There is no known cure for alcoholism. The disease can be arrested, however, through complete abstinence from alcohol and other addictive drugs. Once abstinent, most alcoholics recover from the damage caused by their drinking. Over ten million Americans have a drinking problem, but only about one million are currently in recovery from alcoholism.

If you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol or other drugs,

Call your local treatment agency
or Alcoholics Anonymous

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