Self Test. Am I an Alcoholic?

This test is based the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). These questions refer to alcohol use in the past 12 months. Answer the questions below to indicate if you have a mild, moderate, or severe alcohol use disorder.

*The results of this self-test are not meant to constitute a diagnosis of alcoholism and should be used only as a guide to understanding your alcohol use and the potential health issues involved with it. The information given here cannot substitute for a full evaluation by a health professional.


Have there been times when you ended up drinking longer, or more, than you planned?


Have you more than once wanted to cut down or quit drinking or attempted to, but could not?


Have you spent a lot of time drinking, being hungover from alcohol, or sick?


Have you needed a drink so badly that all you could think is about drinking?


Has drinking or getting sick from drinking frequently interfered with taking care of your family or home? Or caused job problems or school difficulties?


Have you kept drinking even though it was causing problems among family or friends?


Have you cut back on activities that were meaningful or interesting to you, or gave you satisfaction, in order to drink?


Have you gotten into situations more than once while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt (such as having unsafe sex, driving, swimming, using machinery, or walking in a dangerous area?


Have you failed to stop drinking even though it was making you feel anxious or depressed or knowing it would worsen a health problem? Or after having had a memory blackout?


Have you found that your usual number of drinks has much less effect than they did previously?


Noticed that when the effects of alcohol were wearing off, you had withdrawal symptoms, such as sweating, a racing heart, trouble sleeping, shakiness, restlessness, nausea, sweating, or a seizure? Or sensed things that were not there?