The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT)

balanceThe Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) was developed by the World Health Organization in 1982 as a simple way to screen and identify people who are at risk of developing alcohol problems.

The AUDIT test focuses on identifying the preliminary signs of hazardous drinking and mild dependence. It is used to detect alcohol problems experienced within the last year. It is one of the most accurate alcohol screening tests available, rated 92 percent effective in detecting hazardous or harmful drinking.

Unlike some alcohol screening tests, the AUDIT has proven to be accurate across all ethnic and gender groups.

The test contains 10 multiple choice questions on quantity and frequency of alcohol consumption, drinking behavior and alcohol-related problems or reactions. The answers are scored on a point system; a score of more than eight indicates an alcohol problem.

Please select the answer that most closely approximates the person being assessed. To correctly answer some of these questions you need to know the definition of a drink. For this test one drink is: One can of beer (12 oz or approximately 330 ml of 5% alcohol), or One glass of wine (5 oz or approximately 140 ml of 12% alcohol), or One shot of liquor (1.5 oz or approximately 40 ml of 40% alcohol).

1.How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?
2.How many drinks containing alcohol do you have on a typical day when you are drinking?
3.How often do you have six or more drinks on one occasion?
4.How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?
5.How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected from you because of drinking?
6.How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?
7.How often during the last year have you needed an alcoholic drink first thing in the morning to get yourself going after a night of heavy drinking?
8.How often during the last year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking?
9.Have you or someone else been injured as a result of your drinking?
10.Has a relative, friend, doctor, or another health professional expressed concern about your drinking or suggested you cut down?

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