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Self Tests



Overview

Self tests can act as private screening tools to give a person an idea whether or not his or her behavior might typically be associated with some sort of alcohol or drug problem. Such tests do not substitute for assessment and evaluation by a certified addictions counselor or addictionologist.

These tests are scored directly on your own computer using Javascript routines. No information is passed to the server, so no one else can see the results...

CAGE

CAGE is an acronym, formed from the words Cut, Annoyed, Guilty, and Eye, as shown below. For drug use screening, substitute the word "drug" for "drink":

C yes no Have you ever felt you should CUT down on your drinking?
A yes no Have people ever ANNOYED you by criticizing your drinking?
G yes no Have you ever felt bad or GUILTY about your drinking?
E yes no Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning (EYE opener) to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?

MAST

MAST is also an acronym, for the Michigan Alcohol Screening Test. For drug use screening, substitute the word "drug" for "drink".

In this MAST test, 1-5 points are assigned for each "yes" or "no" answer, depending on the question.

1 yes no Do you feel you are a normal drinker?
2 yes no Have you ever awakened the morning after some drinking the night before, and found that you could not remember a part of the evening?
3 yes no Does your spouse, or either of your parents ever worry or complain about your drinking?
4 yes no Can you stop drinking without a struggle after one or two drinks?
5 yes no Do you ever feel bad or guilty about your drinking?
6 yes no Do friends or relatives think you are a normal drinker?
7 yes no Do you ever try to limit your drinking to certain times of the day or to certain places?
8 yes no Are you always able to stop drinking when you want to?
9 yes no Have you ever attended a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)?
10 yes no Have you gotten into fights when drinking?
11 yes no Has drinking ever created problems between you and either of your parents or your spouse?
12 yes no Has any family member of yours ever gone to anyone for help about your drinking?
13 yes no Have you ever lost friends because of your drinking?
14 yes no Have you ever gotten into trouble at work because of drinking?
15 yes no Have you ever lost a job because of drinking?
16 yes no Have you ever neglected your obligations, your family, or your work for two or more days in a row because you were drinking?
17 yes no Do you ever drink before noon?
18 yes no Have you ever been told you have liver trouble? Cirrhosis?
19 yes no Have you ever had delirium tremens (DTs), severe shaking, heard voices or seen things that weren't there after heavy drinking?
20 yes no Have you ever gone to anyone for help about your drinking?
21 yes no Have you ever been in a hospital because of drinking?
22 yes no Have you ever been a patient in a psychiatric hospital, or on a psychiatric ward of a general hospital, where drinking was part of the problem that resulted in hospitalization?
23 yes no Have you ever been seen at a psychiatric or mental health clinic, or gone to a doctor, social worker, or clergyman for help with an emotional problem in which drinking had played a part?
24 yes no Have you ever been arrested or taken into custody, even for a few hours, because of drunk behavior?
25 yes no Have you ever been arrested for drunk driving or driving while impaired?

Once again, tests such as these do not substitute for assessment and evaluation by a certified addictions counselor or addictionologist. They provide an indication of addiction but not a diagnosis.

Other self tests...

Many other self tests are available from a number of websites, as well as a large volume of factual information about addiction.




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