“Am I Addicted?” Self Test for Addiction and Alcoholism

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Do you lose time from work due to your drinking or drug use?  YES  NO
Is your drinking/drug use making your home life unhappy?  YES  NO
Do you drink or drug because you are shy with other people?  YES  NO
Is drinking or drug use affecting your reputation?  YES  NO
Have you ever felt remorse after drinking or drug use?  YES  NO
Have you gotten into financial difficulties because of your drinking or drug use?  YES  NO
Do you turn to lower companions and inferior environment when drinking or using drugs?  YES  NO
Does your drinking or drug use make you careless of your family's welfare?  YES  NO
Has your ambition decreased since drinking or using drugs?  YES  NO
Do you crave a drink or a drug at a definite time daily?  YES  NO
Do you want a drink or drug the next morning?  YES  NO
Does drinking or drug use cause you difficulty in sleeping?  YES  NO
Has your efficiency decreased since drinking or using drugs?  YES  NO
Is drinking or drug use jeopardizing your job or business?  YES  NO
Do you drink or use drugs to escape from worries or troubles?  YES  NO
Do you drink or use drugs alone?  YES  NO
Have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of your drinking or drug use?  YES  NO
Has your physician ever treated you for drinking or drug use?  YES  NO
Do you drink or use drugs to build up your self confidence?  YES  NO
Have you ever been in a hospital or institution as a result of drinking or drug use?  YES  NO

Self Test

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

If you 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.

(The above test questions are used by Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore MD., In deciding whether or not a patient is alcoholic.)

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What is Addiction?

Addiction is a chronic and relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite adverse consequences. It affects the brain’s reward, motivation, memory, and learning systems, and can lead to damaging consequences in all areas of life, including physical health, mental health, relationships, and work or school.

Here are some of the key characteristics of addiction:

  • Impaired control: People with addiction often find it difficult to control their substance use, even when they want to quit.
  • Cravings: Strong urges to use the substance are common, even during times of abstinence.
  • Continued use despite harm: People with addiction continue to use the substance even though they know it is causing them harm.
  • Tolerance: The body’s need for the substance increases over time, so people need to take more and more of the substance to get the same effect.
  • Withdrawal: People with addiction experience physical and psychological symptoms when they stop using the substance.

How can a Self Test for Addiction and Alcoholism Help Me?

While self-tests for addiction and alcoholism can be a starting point for self-reflection and raising awareness, it’s crucial to understand their limitations:

  1. Diagnosis: They are not designed to diagnose addiction or alcoholism. Only a qualified healthcare professional can make a proper diagnosis based on a comprehensive evaluation.
  2. Accuracy: They may not be completely accurate, especially if you answer in a way that downplays your substance use.
  3. Complexity: Addiction is a complex issue with various contributing factors. A self-test cannot capture its full picture.

However, self-tests can be helpful in:

  1. Self-Awareness: They can prompt you to consider your substance use patterns and their potential impact on your life.
  2. Seeking Help: If the test indicates potential concerns, it can motivate you to seek professional help from a therapist, addiction specialist, or healthcare provider.