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, one drink means 10 grams of pure alcohol.

For example (approximate values):

  • 1 can beer (330 ml) at 5% x (strength) 0.79 (conversion factor) = 13 g of pure alcohol
  • 1 glass wine (140 ml) at 12% x 0.79 = 13.3 g of pure alcohol
  • 1 shot spirits (40 ml) at 40% x 0.79 = 12.6 g of pure alcohol

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.