AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test)

World Health Organization Questionnaire

This questionnaire was developed by the World Health Organization to identify persons whose alcohol consumption has been hazardous or harmful to their health.

One unit of alcohol is: 1/2 pint average strength beer/lager (341ml) OR one glass of wine (5oz) OR one single measure of spirits (1.5oz)

Note: some drinks may contain deceptively high quantities of alcohol. For example, a can of high strength lager may contain 3-5 units and a bottle of pre-mixed spirit drink may contain up to 2 units.

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

  1. Never
  2. Monthly or less
  3. 2-4 times a month
  4. 2-3 times a week
  5. 4 or more times a week

2. How many units of alcohol do you drink on a typical day when you are drinking? 

  1. 1 or 2
  2. 3 or 4
  3. 5 or 6
  4. 7, 8 or 9
  5. 10 or more  

3. How often do you have six or more units of alcohol on one occasion?

  1. Never
  2. less than monthly
  3. Monthly
  4. Weekly
  5. Daily or almost daily

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

  1. Never
  2. less than monthly
  3. Monthly
  4. Weekly
  5. 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?

  1. Never
  2. less than monthly
  3. Monthly
  4. Weekly
  5. 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?

  1. Never
  2. less than monthly
  3. Monthly
  4. Weekly
  5. Daily or almost daily

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

  1. Never
  2. less than monthly
  3. Monthly
  4. Weekly
  5. 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?

  1. Never
  2. less than monthly
  3. Monthly
  4. Weekly
  5. Daily or almost daily

9. Have you or someone else been injured as a result of your drinking?

  1. No
  2. Yes, but not in the last year (2 poionts)
  3. Yes, during the last year (4 points)

10. Has a relative or friend or doctor or another health worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down?

  1. No
  2. Yes, but not in the last year (2 poionts)
  3. Yes, during the last year (4 points)

Record added total of specific items here.  _______ If total over 8, alcohol use disorder very likely.

Scores above zero on items 4 through 6 indicate presence or emergence of alcohol dependence.

What your AUDIT score means:

If you scored a 2 or higher on questions 2 or 3, this is an indication that you are currently consuming alcohol at a hazardous level.

If you scored above 0 on question 4, 5, or 6 (especially if you are reporting daily or weekly occurrences), this suggests you are likely to become alcohol dependent if you are not already.

If you scored above 0 on question 7 through 10, this suggests that you are already experiencing negative consequences as a DIRECT result of your drinking.  

Research suggests that if you continue to drink at the same level or worse, you will not only continue to experience these consequences, but you will begin to experience increasing numbers of consequences.

Consequences may include:

  • Financial burden
  • Negative emotions and emotional states (beyond the drinking period)
  • Low self-esteem
  • Missing school or work, or not meeting obligations
  • Negative impacts on multiple relationships (friends, family, romantic partners)
  • Difficulty sleeping 
  • Increases in risk-taking behaviour, examples include
  • Drunk Driving
  • Unprotected sex, increase in STI risk
  • Increases in other drug use and smoking
  • Physical illness
  • Loss of interest in or ability to engage in other pleasurable activities
  • Negative impact on spiritual or moral life, reduced personal growth
  • And other negative consequences