AUDIT Questionnaire

This questionnaire is designed to indicate whether your drinking is harmful, hazardous or dependent.


notes on using the AUDIT questionnaire

These ten questions are about your use of alcohol during the past 12 months.

In questions 2 and 3, a unit of alcohol means 10 grams of alcohol.

For example (approximate values):
1 x bottle of 12% wine = 9 units
1 x pint 5% beer = 3 units
1 x can of 5 % beer, lager, cider = 2 units; 4 cans = 9 units
1 x can of 9 % beer, lager, cider = 4 units; 4 cans = 16 units
1 x 75cl bottle of 40% spirits = 30 units

1. How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?
Never
Monthly or less
2 to 4 times a month
2 or 3 times a week
4 or more times a week

2. How many alcohol units do you have on a typical day when you are drinking?
None
1 or 2½
3 or 4
5 or 6
7 to 9
10 or more

3. How often do you have seven or more units on one occasion?
Never
Less than monthly
Monthly
Weekly
Daily or almost daily

4. How often during the last year have you found that you were unable to stop drinking once you had started?
Never
Less than monthly
Monthly
Weekly
Daily or almost daily

5. How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected from you because of drinking?
Never
Less than monthly
Monthly
Weekly
Daily or almost daily

6. How often during the last year have you needed a first drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?
Never
Less than monthly
Monthly
Weekly
Daily or almost daily

7. How often during the last year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking?
Never
Less than monthly
Monthly
Weekly
Daily or almost daily

8. How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?
Never
Less than monthly
Monthly
Weekly
Daily or almost daily

9. Have you or someone else been injured as the result of your drinking?
Never
Yes, but not in the last year
Yes, during the last year

10. Has a relative, friend, or a doctor or other health worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down?
Never
Yes, but not in the last year
Yes, during the last year



Less than 8 indicates sensible drinking.

8 - 19 indicates harmful or hazardous drinking - drinking at your current level puts you at risk of developing problems. Consider cutting down, or seeking help if you can't.

20 or above indicates that your drinking is already causing you problems, and you could be dependent. You should definitely stop or reduce your drinking. You should seek help if you can't.

If your score is 16 or over, you may want to consider taking the
Severity of Alcohol Dependence Questionnaire


Adapted from the World Health Organisation's Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test 2001

Please note that the accuracy of the scripts used to formulate your score are not guaranteed, and that use of this online version of this questionnaire is for general inquisitive use only. It should only be used as a diagnostic tool by health professionals suitably qualified and experienced to check and interpret the results.

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