AUDIT [Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test]

The AUDIT is a simple and effective method of screening for unhealthy alcohol use, defined as risky or hazardous consumption or any alcohol use disorder.

Created by Dr. John B. Saunders and colleagues as part of a World Health Organization collaborative project. As a WHO-approved instrument, the AUDIT is in the public domain.


Because alcohol use can affect your health and can interfere with certain medications and treatments, it is important that we ask some questions about your use of alcohol. Your answers will remain confidential so please be honest. When questions refer to number of drinks, assume: Beer 12oz=1, 16oz=1.3, 22oz=2, 40oz=3.3; Wine 5oz=1, 750ml bottle=5 Spirits 1oz=1

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

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

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

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

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

6. How often during the last year have you needed a drink first thing in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?

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

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

9. Have you or someone else been injured because of your drinking?

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


Self-report scales are for screening purposes only, and must be interpreted by a qualified health professional in conjunction with clinical assessment. They cannot be used alone for diagnostic or treatment purposes.