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Are you drinking too much?

Many people don’t always know how much alcohol they drink and whether their drinking has an impact on their health. Our self-assessment questionnaire can help you identify if your relationship with alcohol is about right, or if the amount you drink is risky to your health. We use a certified audit tool that is used internationally by medical professionals.

Take the quick and simple test below to understand more about the impact of your drinking. Find out whether your relationship with alcohol is about right or whether you’re over doing it and need to take action.

Please provide us with the following details:

Why do you need to know my age and gender?

By finding out your age and gender we can give you more personalised help and advice.

How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?

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

How often do you have half a dozen or so (6 if female, 8 if male) or more units on one occasion?

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

How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected from you because of your drinking?

How often during the last year have you needed an alcoholic drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?

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

How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?

Have you or somebody else been injured as a result of your drinking?

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

IMPORTANT: This assessment is only to be taken by persons aged 18 and over. Risk results shown are only valid for persons aged 18 and over. If you are under 18 years old view our information on the risks to your health of underage drinking and the law on alcohol and under 18s.


The test is based on the AUDIT tool, developed by the World Health Organisation and widely used internationally to screen for alcohol harm:

Babor, T. F., Higgins-Biddle, J. C., Saunders, J. B., & Monteiro, M. G. (2001). The alcohol use disorders identification test (AUDIT): Guidelines for use in primary care. World Health Organization, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

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