AUDIT Alcohol Assessment (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test)

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  • What is the AUDIT Assessment?
  • How Should I Use the AUDIT Alcohol Assessment?
  • The AUDIT Assessment Questions
  • How is the AUDIT Assessment Scored?
  • How Should I Use My AUDIT Results?

What is the AUDIT Assessment?

The AUDIT or Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test is a 10-question screening tool developed by the World Health Organization to assess alcohol consumption, behaviors, and problems associated with alcohol use.

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How Should I Use the AUDIT Alcohol Assessment?

A clinician may use it as an interviewing tool or you may take and score it yourself. The AUDIT screening should not be used to self-diagnose. When answering the questions use the last year as the time period. When referring to alcohol or beverages, use a standard drink size as the basis for determining the amount. One standard drink sizes is one of the following:

  • 12 fl oz of regular beer.
  • 8-9 fl oz of malt liquor.
  • 5 fl oz of wine.
  • 5 fl oz shot of distilled spirits (gin, rum, tequila, vodka, whiskey).

The AUDIT Assessment Questions

Each answer is associated with a number between 0 and 4. Keep track of your score as you will need to add them together at the end. Please note that some questions won’t have 5 answer choices.

  1. How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?

0 – Never

1 – Monthly or less

2 – 2-4 times a month

3 – 2-3 times a week

4 – 4 or more times a week

  1. How many drinks containing alcohol do you have on a typical day when you are drinking?

0 – 1 or 2

1 – 3 or 4

2 – 5 or 6

3 – 7 to 9

4 – 10 or more

  1. How often do you have six or more drinks on one occasion?

0 – Never

1 – Less than monthly

2 – Monthly

3 – Weekly

4 – Daily or almost daily

  1. How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?

0 – Never

1 – Less than monthly

2 – Monthly

3 – Weekly

4 – Daily or almost daily

  1. How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected of you because of drinking?

0 – Never

1 – Less than monthly

2 – Monthly

3 – Weekly

4 – Daily or almost daily

  1. How often during the last year have you needed a first drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?

0 – Never

1 – Less than monthly

2 – Monthly

3 – Weekly

4 – Daily or almost daily

  1. How often during the last year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking?

0 – Never

1 – Less than monthly

2 – Monthly

3 – Weekly

4 – Daily or almost daily

  1. How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because of your drinking?

0 – Never

1 – Less than monthly

2 – Monthly

3 – Weekly

4 – Daily or almost daily

  1. Have you or someone else been injured because of your drinking?

0 – No

2 – Yes, but not in the last year

4 – Yes, during the last year

  1. Has a relative, friend, doctor, or other health care worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down?

0 – No

2 – Yes, but not in the last year

4 – Yes, during the last year

How is the AUDIT Assessment Scored?

Each answer has a number associated with it from 0 to 4. At the end of the questionnaire, add the score to get a total number. A total score of 8 or more may indicate hazardous or harmful alcohol use and possible dependence. Results and cutoffs may vary based on population type such as age. A higher score simply indicates a higher likelihood of hazardous or harmful drinking and potential for dependence.

How Should I Use My AUDIT Results?

As mentioned earlier, this test alone should not be used to self-diagnose a problem and the appropriate professional should help you to understand your results. If you believe you or someone you love may be dealing with issues in relation to alcohol use or abuse, call us at to tell us your story and discuss treatment options and alcohol rehab. If you believe you need treatment and want to know whether insurance is able to cover all or part of the cost of treatment, find out instantly below.

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Sources

  • “AUDIT : The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test : Guidelines for Use in Primary Health Care.” World Health Organization, 18 Nov. 2001, https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/audit-the-alcohol-use-disorders-identification-test-guidelines-for-use-in-primary-health-care.
Last Updated on April 27, 2021
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