Alcohol

Alcohol

To assess your current drinking practices, you are invited to complete the following Alcohol Self-Assessment questionnaire. Once you have completed your assessment, you are encouraged to browse through the information and resources for information regarding any concerns you might have about your drinking habits.

Instructions

Check the most appropriate response to the following questions.
The questions refer to the past 12 months.

Assessment

 
Yes
No
1.
Do you feel you are a normal drinker?
2.
Have you ever awakened the morning after some drinking the night before and found that you could not remember a part of the evening before?
3.
Do your parents (or spouse) ever worry or complain about your drinking?
4.
Can you stop drinking without a struggle after 1 or 2 drinks?
5.
Do you ever feel bad about your drinking?
6.
Do friends or relatives think you are a normal drinker?
7.
Are you always able to stop drinking when you want to?
8.
Have you ever attended a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) because of your drinking?
9.
Have you ever gotten into fight when drinking?
10.
Has drinking ever created problems with you and your parents (spouse)?
11.
Have your parents (spouse, or any other family member) ever gone to anyone for help about your drinking?
12.
Have you ever lost friends or girlfriends/boyfriends (a spouse) because of drinking?
13.
Have you ever gotten into trouble at work because of drinking?
14.
Have you ever lost a job because of drinking?
15.
Have you ever neglected your obligations, your family, or your work for 2 or more days in a row because you were drinking?
16.
Do you ever drink before noon?
17.
Have you ever been told you have liver trouble? Cirrhosis?
18.
Have you ever had delirium tremens (DTs), severe shaking, heard voices, or seen things that weren't there after heavy drinking?
19.
Have you ever gone to anyone for help about your drinking?
20.
Have you ever been in a hospital because of drinking?
21.
Have you ever been a patient in a psychiatric hospital or on a psychiatric ward of a general hospital where drinking was part of the problem?
22.
Have you ever been seen at a psychiatric or mental health clinic, or gone to a doctor, social worker, or clergyman for help with an emotional problem in which drinking had played a part?
23.
Have you ever been arrested, even for a few hours, because of drunk behaviour?
24.
Have you ever been arrested for drunk driving or driving after drinking?
Source: The Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST).

Click on the Score button below for your total Alcohol Self-Assessment score.


Interpretation

 

0
There is no evidence that you have any drinking problem.
1 - 2
There is a low level of evidence that you have a drinking problem.
3 - 5
There is some evidence that you have a drinking problem. Counselling may be beneficial.
6 - 9
There is clear evidence that you have a drinking problem. Counselling may be beneficial to help deal with your problem.
10 - 13
There is clear evidence that you have a drinking problem. Self-help or a day program may be helpful in dealing with your problem.
14 - 20
There is substantial evidence that you have a drinking problem. Self-help, a short-term residential or long-term residential program may be necessary to help you deal with your problem.
21 - 24
There is a severe level of evidence that you have a drinking problem. Self-help, a short-term residential or long-term residential program may be necessary to help you deal with your problem.
 
From the Michigan Alcohol Screening Test.