Are you an alcoholic? (Serious quiz)

Are you an alcoholic? (Serious quiz)

Questions to assess where or if you fall on the scale for alcohol use disorder as outlined by the DSM-5 (diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fifth edition). Criterion and other questions derived or directly quoted from pages 490-497. This quiz is not a diagnostic tool; it only serves to provide insight into the severity of your symptoms. This is a self assessment quiz that you can use to evaluate your symptoms or be advised to talk to a mental health professional about your alcohol use.

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1/19

Do you drink alcohol?

Yes
No
Not anymore
2/19

Roughly how often do you drink alcohol?

Multiple times a day
Once a day
Multiple times a week
Twice a week
Once a week
Once every two weeks
Less than twice a month
Twice a month
Once a month
Every couple months
Once or twice a year
Once a year or less
I don't drink
I used to drink, but I don't anymore
3/19

Please keep track of the number of questions you answer 'yes' too for the next 11 questions. You'll be notified when to stop counting. The website algorithm is not intended for this kind of test, so thanks for your participation in order to make this work. Please answer according to your current behavior, not past behavior.

For the best reliability in results for this portion, think of one or two examples from your own life before you answer.

The answer to this question will have no effect on the outcome of this quiz.

Okay
OK
4/19

When you drink alcohol, do you often end up drinking more or for a longer period of time than you originally intended to? This may be:
-Pouring one glass of wine for the night and deciding to refill it later when you had not planned on doing so
-Planning to call it a night at a time much later than you end up stoping drinking for the night
-Getting drunk and continuing to drink more even though you know it won't make you feel any better

Yes
No
5/19

Do you have a desire to cut back on alcohol consumption, or have you previously tried to cut back on alcohol consumption?

Yes
No
6/19

Do you spend a great deal of time doing things to obtain alcohol, drinking alcohol, or recovering from the effects of alcohol (hangovers)? A great deal of time would mean a significant enough chunk of time that you must limit other activities during the day, or significantly more than your peers.

Yes
No
7/19

Do you ever crave (have a strong desire to drink) alcohol?

Yes
No
8/19

Does your drinking ever make you unable to fulfill responsibilities at school/work/home? Examples may be:
-Not finishing homework on time or missing assignments
-Not retaining information in school/work environments
-Failing to deliver on job expectations
-Not completing household chores

Yes
No
9/19

Do you continue to drink even though it is causing or exacerbating problems in your personal life? Examples may be:
-Getting unreasonably angry with friends and family
-Missing out on social events due to alcohol
-Driving friends and family away
-Causing friends and family excessive worry about you

Yes
No
10/19

Have you ever missed important social, occupational, or recreational events due to alcohol? Examples may be:
-Not attending or being kicked out of a school dance because you were drinking
-Being too hungover to attend plans that you really did not want to miss
-Being unable to partake in your own hobbies because you were too drunk/hungover to, or because you chose to drink instead
-"Drinking is my hobby"
-Missing a work meeting for alcohol related reasons such as bring drunk/hungover

Yes
No
11/19

Do you often find yourself using alcohol in situations where it may put you in physical danger? Examples may include:
-Drinking while driving
-Drinking in dangerous areas
-Drinking in places where you may be severely punished for doing so

Yes
No
12/19

If you have a physical or psychological problem that is worsened or caused by alcohol use: Do you continue drinking despite the knowledge that it will worsen your condition?

Yes
No
Not applicable/no condition
13/19

Have you become more tolerant of alcohol since the period when you started drinking regularly? This may be:
-A noticeable need to increase the amount of alcohol you drink before you feel a level of intoxication previously achieved by a much smaller amount
-A noticeably lessened effect of alcohol even though you're drinking the same amount you usually do

Yes
No
14/19

Have you had any withdrawal symptoms? These will include TWO OR MORE of the following, hours to weeks after alcohol consumption:
-Sweating and increased heart rate (greater than 100 bpm)
-Hand tremors (shaking)
-Insomnia (extreme difficulty or inability to sleep)
-Nausea and/or vomiting
-Hallucinations (hearing, seeing, or feeling things that aren't there) that come and go throughout this period
-Racing thoughts or restlessness
-New or increased anxiety
-Grand Mal or generalized tonic-clonic seizures (the kind of dramatic seizures you've probably seen in movies)

YES: I have withdrawal symptoms, but I use alcohol to lessen them or prevent them from continuing once I notice they've begun
YES: I have withdrawal symptoms, and I do not use alcohol to lessen them
No
15/19

You no longer have to count your answers. Thanks for keeping track.

How many times did you answer 'yes?'

0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
16/19

If your number of 'yes's 0 or 1: Do you usually drink more than 7 standard drinks in one sitting, two or more times per week? One standard drink per type of alcohol are as follow:

-1 bottle/can of beer, cider, lager etc. (12 fluid ounces)
-Half a glass of wine, mead, saké, sangria etc. (5 fluid ounces)
-One shot glass of liquor or spirits including gin, brandy, vodka, tequila, rum etc. (1.0-1.5 fluid ounces)

Please make your best guess

Not applicable/My number of 'yes's was 2 or above
Yes, I drink regularly more than 7 standard drinks in one sitting
No, I do not regularly drink more than 7 drinks in one sitting, but I do occasionally
No, I never drink more than 7 drinks in one sitting
Possibly/I am unsure whether I drink more than 7, but I think I might
17/19

If you had taken this quiz three months ago, would you have had more 'yes' answers to the section where you counted your responses?

No, they would have been about the same
No, I would have had less 'yes' answers
Yes, I had less 'yes' answers now than I would have had then
I have no idea
18/19

Have you ever received help for alcohol use disorder (alcoholism)?

No, never
Yes, a long time ago
Yes, recently
Yes, I am currently getting help
19/19

Please provide feedback on the accuracy of this quiz as far as you can tell so I can continue to refine and perfect it.

This question has no effect on the outcome of the quiz.

Sure
Nah