Testing For Addiction: Take These Tests to Find Out How Hooked You Are

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Addiction is like a thief in the night. It doesn’t choose its victim, and it comes without warning. Before you know it, you’re in the depths and you’re spiraling downwards with the debilitating effects of drug or alcohol addiction.

So how do you really know you, or your loved one, are addicted? A drug test can only tell you of recent drugs use, but the following tests can help give you more perspective, and seek necessary treatment:

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The CAGE Test for Alcohol Addiction

This simple test is surprisingly accurate. Simply answer yes or no to each question.

  1. Have you ever thought you should Cut down your drinking?
  2. Have you ever felt Annoyed when people have commented on your drinking?
  3. Have you ever felt Guilty or badly about your drinking?
  4. Have you ever had an Eye opener first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover?

Your score:
Score one point for each yes answer.

If you scored 1, there is an 80% chance you’re addicted to alcohol.
If you scored 2, there is an 89% chance you’re addicted to alcohol.
If you scored 3, there is a 99% chance you’re addicted to alcohol.
If you scored 4, there is a 100% chance you’re addicted to alcohol.

The Modified CAGE Test for All Addictions

You can modify the CAGE Test so it can be easily adapted to any addiction:

  1. Have you ever thought you should Cut down your drug or alcohol use?
  2. Have you ever felt Annoyed when people have commented on your use?
  3. Have you ever felt Guilty or badly about your use?
  4. Have you ever used drugs to Ease withdrawal symptoms, or to avoid feeling low after using?

The AUDIT Test for Alcohol Addiction

The AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) by the World Health Organization (WHO)classifies 95% of test takers into either alcoholics or non-alcoholics. It was tested on 2000 people before being published.

To correctly answer some of these questions you need to establish the definition of ‘a drink’. For this test ‘one drink’ is:

  • One can of beer (12 oz or approx 330 ml of 5% alcohol), or
  • One glass of wine (5 oz or approx 140 ml of 12% alcohol), or
  • One shot of liquor (1.5 oz or approx 40 ml of 40% alcohol).

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

  • Never (score 0)
  • Monthly or Less (score 1)
  • 2-4 times a month (score 2)
  • 2-3 times a week (score 3)
  • 4 or more times a week (score 4)

2. How many alcoholic drinks do you have on a typical day when you are drinking?

  • 1 or 2 (0)
  • 3 or 4 (1)
  • 5 or 6 (2)
  • 7-9 (3)
  • 10 or more (4)

3. How often do you have 6 or more drinks on one occasion?

  • Never (0)
  • Less than monthly (1)
  • Monthly (2)
  • Weekly (3)
  • Daily or almost daily (4)

4. How often during the past year have you found that you drank more or for a longer time than you intended?

  • Never (0)
  • Less than monthly (1)
  • Monthly (2)
  • Weekly (3)
  • Daily or almost daily (4)

5. How often during the past year have you failed to do what was normally expected of you because of your drinking?

  • Never (0)
  • Less than monthly (1)
  • Monthly (2)
  • Weekly (3)
  • Daily or almost daily (4)

6. How often during the past year have you had a drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?

  • Never (0)
  • Less than monthly (1)
  • Monthly (2)
  • Weekly (3)
  • Daily or almost daily (4)

7. How often during the past year have you felt guilty or remorseful after drinking?

  • Never (0)
  • Less than monthly (1)
  • Monthly (2)
  • Weekly (3)
  • Daily or almost daily (4)

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

  • Never (0)
  • Less than monthly (1)
  • Monthly (2)
  • Weekly (3)
  • Daily or almost daily (4)

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

  • No (0)
  • Yes, but not in the past year (2)
  • Yes, during the past year (4)

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

  • No (0)
  • Yes, but not in the past year (2)
  • Yes, during the past year (4)

Your score:
If you scored 8-10 or more, you are probably addicted to alcohol.

It may seem like the AUDIT questionnaire can easily make you fall under the alcoholic/alcohol addicted category, but the test is specially designed for alcohol addiction and is an extremely reliable guide for detecting and treating the condition.


If you suspect your family, friend, or loved one to be suffering from alcohol or substance addiction (or if you think you have a drinking or drug use problem), these tests are helpful. You can also text or call our rehab specialists to help you and offer treatment options that best suit you:

+63 915 645 2703 / +63 917 509 8826

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