Am I Alcoholic?


With 26 questions, this simple self-test is intended to help you determine if you or someone you know needs to find out more about alcoholism.

The following questions are a self-test to help your review the role that alcohol plays in your life. When preparing each response, take into consideration your actions over the course of the past 12 months. This test specifically does not include drug use. To take a self-test focused specifically on drug use, please use the NCADD test: „Am I Drug-Addicted?“

The results of this self-test are not intended to constitute a diagnosis of alcoholism and should be used solely as a guide to understanding your alcohol use and the potential health issues involved with it. The information provided here cannot substitute for a full evaluation by a health professional. Every „NO“ answer scores 0 points and every „YES“ answer scores 1 point. Decide whether your answer is „NO“ or „YES“ and check the appropriate space. Please be sure to answer every question!

1. Do you drink heavily when you are disappointed, under pressure or have had a quarrel with someone?

2. Can you handle more alcohol now than when you first started to drink?

3. Have you ever been unable to remember part of the previous evening, even though your friends say you didn’t pass out?

4. When drinking with other people, do you try to have a few extra drinks when others won’t know about it?

5. Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable if alcohol is not available?

6. Are you more in a hurry to get your first drink of the day than you used to be?

7. Do you sometimes feel a little guilty about your drinking?

8. Has a family member or close friend express concern or complained about your drinking?

9. Have you been having more memory “blackouts” recently?

10. Do you often want to continue drinking after your friends say they’ve had enough?

11. Do you usually have a reason for the occasions when you drink heavily?

12. When you’re sober, do you sometimes regret things you did or said while drinking?

13. Have you tried switching brands or drinks, or following different plans to control your drinking?

14. Have you sometimes failed to keep promises you made to yourself about controlling or cutting down on your drinking?

15. Have you ever had a DWI (driving while intoxicated) or DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol) violation, or any other legal problem related to your drinking?

16. Do you try to avoid family or close friends while you are drinking?

17. Are you having more financial, work, school, and/or family problems as a result of your drinking?

18. Has your physician ever advised you to cut down on your drinking?

19. Do you eat very little or irregularly during the periods when you are drinking?

20. Do you sometimes have the “shakes” in the morning and find that it helps to have a “little” drink, tranquilizer or medication of some kind?

21. Have you recently noticed that you can’t drink as much as you used to?

22. Do you sometimes stay drunk for several days at a time?

23. After periods of drinking do you sometimes see or hear things that aren’t there?

24. Have you ever gone to anyone for help about your drinking?

25. Do you ever feel depressed or anxious before, during or after periods of heavy drinking?

26. Have any of your blood relatives ever had a problem with alcohol?

About the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)

Founded in 1944, by Marty Mann, the first woman to recover from alcoholism in AA, NCADD and its National Network of Affiliates is a voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting the nation’s #1 health problem- alcoholism and drug addiction and the devastating consequences of alcohol and other drugs on individuals, families and communities.

Approved by NCAAD Medical-Scientific Committee, 2015. All rights reserved.