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20 Question Test -- Are you alcoholic?

Is it alcohol abuse? Or, just hard drinking? A problem drinker or an alcoholic? Is it alcohol addiction? Is it alcoholism? Are you alcoholic?

Take this 20 question test to help you decide whether or not you are an alcoholic. Then, you can decide if you need help or not.

The 20 Questions — Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism?

Take this 20 question test to help you decide whether or not you are an alcoholic.

Answer YES or NO to the following questions.

  • 1. Do you lose time from work due to drinking?
    YES __ NO __

  • 2. Is drinking making your home life unhappy?
    YES __ NO __

  • 3. Do you drink because you are shy with other people?
    YES __ NO __

  • 4. Is your drinking affecting your reputation?
    YES __ NO __

  • 5. Have you ever felt guilt or remorse after drinking?
    YES __ NO __

  • 6. Have you ever got into financial difficulties as a result of drinking?
    YES __ NO __

  • 7. Do you turn to lower companions and an inferior environment when drinking?
    YES __ NO __

  • 8. Does your drinking make you careless of your family’s welfare?
    YES __ NO __

  • 9. Has your ambition decreased since drinking?
    YES __ NO __

  • 10. Do you crave a drink at a definite time?
    YES __ NO __

  • 10. Do you crave a drink at a definite time?
    YES __ NO __

  • 11. Do you want a drink the next morning?
    YES __ NO __

  • 12. Does drinking cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
    YES __ NO __

  • 13. Has your efficiency decreased since drinking?
    YES __ NO __

  • 14. Is drinking jeopardizing your job or business?
    YES __ NO __

  • 15. Do you drink to escape from worries or trouble?
    YES __ NO __

  • 16. Do you drink alone?
    YES __ NO __

  • 17. Have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of drinking?
    YES __ NO __

  • 18. Has your physician ever treated you for drinking?
    YES __ NO __

  • 19. Do you drink to build up your self-confidence?
    YES __ NO __

  • 20. Have you ever been to a hospital or institution because of drinking?
    YES __ NO __

What's your score?

If you have answered YES to any one of the questions, there is a definite warning that you may be an alcoholic.

If you have answered YES to any two, the chances are that you are an alcoholic.

If you answered YES to three or more, you are definitely an alcoholic.

(It has been said that these test questions were once used at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, MD, in deciding whether or not a patient is an alcoholic.).


Comment: "Late one night, for some reason, probably because I was intoxicated, I was alone in a coin-operated laundry. It must have been around two or three o'clock in the morning. I wasn't doing laundry. Perhaps I was just waiting for the spinning to stop! (Yes. I sure could have used some drying out!). I might have wrecked my car. I don't remember.

I got up out of my seat to look at one of the dryers and when I returned to my seat I noticed that there was a yellow card with the 20 Questions. Someone hypocrite must have snuck in and placed the card in my seat! :-)

Must be some nitwit or an outfit that wants to do away with alcohol and drinking! (I thought). "Heck! This would mean that everyone in the world is alcoholic!" It must have been a conspiracy, right? Besides -- only a lunatic would be out at 3 am, putting little cards like this on seats at a coin-operated laundry!&qut;

Comment: "Sometimes, it's funny how us alcoholics seem to believe that EVERYONE drinks like we do and that those that don't drink like we do -- you can't trust them -- because they are out to get us!"

Comment: "Over the years, I can now see many instances of how the seed of Alcoholics Anonymous was getting planted in my head, long before I ever went to AA! I had a nagging wife! As I look back over my life, I can now see that I was a real alcoholic many years before I ever suspected that I had a problem with alcohol! (after the wife left and married some other guy)"

Comment: "First time I saw it was on a card in book at church. Next time I saw it I was in jail."

Comment:"I'm sure glad that they let drunk drunks go to those meetings! I've recently learned that in some places, if a drunk is drunk, they want him to come back to the meeting after he gets sober!"

Comment:"I don't think they do that anymore. Maybe too many died trying to detox in meetings?"

Comment: "I only answered "Yes" to 17 of the questions. With a A.A. member's help, I was able to pass with flying colors... and answered "Yes" to all twenty questions."

Comment: "I didn't know you could die while withdrawing alcohol. I have a doctor friend that works E.R. and he told me it happens often. He said you could have seizures, stroke, heart attack die and all kinds of stuff when quitting. It's good to get help and see a doctor."


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