The Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST)

balanceThis 20-question self-test may help you become aware of your use or abuse of drugs. This test specifically does not include alcohol use. Separate tests called ‘CAGE’ and ‘MAST’ focus on alcohol use. Please read our disclaimer on psychological testing and our psychological testing privacy guarantee.

Completing this Psychological Screening Test

To take the questionnaire, please click the radio button next to the selection which best reflects how each statement applies to you. The questions refer to the past 12 months. Carefully read each statement and decide whether your answer is yes or no. Please give the best answer or the answer that is right most of the time.

For the purposes of this screening test, drug abuse refers to:

  1. The use of prescribed or “over the counter” drugs in excess of the directions, and
  2. Any non-medical use of drugs

Remember, for the purposes of this screening test, the questions do not refer to alcoholic beverages. The DAST does not include alcohol use. Separate tests called ‘CAGE’ and ‘MAST’ focus on alcohol use.

Please check the one response to each item that best describes how you have felt over the past 12 months.

1.Have you used drugs other than those required for medical reasons?
2.Have you abused prescription drugs?
3.Do you abuse more than one drug at a time?
4.Can you get through the week without using drugs?
5.Are you always able to stop using drugs when you want to?
6.Have you had “blackouts” or “flashbacks” as a result of drug use?
7.Do you ever feel bad or guilty about your drug use?
8.Does your spouse (or parents) ever complain about your involvement with drugs?
9.Has drug abuse created problems between you and your spouse or your parents?
10.Have you lost friends because of your use of drugs?
11.Have you neglected your family because of your use of drugs?
12.Have you been in trouble at work because of your use of drugs?
13.Have you lost a job because of drug abuse?
14.Have you gotten into fights when under the influence of drugs?
15.Have you engaged in illegal activities in order to obtain drugs?
16.Have you been arrested for possession of illegal drugs?
17.Have you ever experienced withdrawal symptoms (felt sick) when you stopped taking drugs?
18.Have you had medical problems as a result of your drug use (e.g., memory loss, hepatitis, convulsions, bleeding, etc.)?
19.Have you gone to anyone for help for a drug problem?
20.Have you been involved in a treatment program especially related to drug use?

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