Do you drink too much? Test your own alcohol consumption with the AUDIT test

The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) is a simple ten-question test developed by the World Health Organization  to determine if a person's alcohol consumption may be harmful.

Questions 1–3 deal with alcohol consumption, 4–6 relate to alcohol dependence and 7–10 consider alcohol-related problems. A score of 8 or more in men (7 in women) indicates a strong likelihood of hazardous or harmful alcohol consumption. A score of 20 or more is suggestive of alcohol dependence and specialized treatment is needed.

These ten questions are about your use of alcohol during the past 12 months.

In questions 2 and 3, a unit of alcohol means 10 grams of alcohol.

For example (approximate values):

  • 1 x bottle of 12% wine = 9 units; 1 x glass wine (150 ml) = 1.5 units
  • 1 x pint 5% beer = 2.5 units
  • 1 x can (330 ml) of 5 % beer, lager, cider = 1.6 units
  • 1 x 75cl bottle of 40% spirits = 30 units; 1 x drink (49 ml) = 1.5 units

For more information, please refer to our publication AUDIT - The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test: Guidelines for Use in Primary Care. This manual introduces the AUDIT and describes how to use it to identify persons with hazardous and harmful patterns of alcohol consumption.