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Interactive Tool: Do You Have a Drinking Problem? - What does your score mean?

The more signs of an alcohol problem you have, the higher your score will be. Your score will appear as one of the following:

  • Low risk for alcohol problems: Your drinking habits are probably not harmful as long as you continue to limit your alcohol intake or don't drink at all. See the topic Drinking and Your Health.
  • Medium risk for alcohol problems: You may drink too much from time to time. Your drinking habits may not be safe or healthy for yourself or others. Limit how much you drink, or quit altogether.
  • High risk for alcohol problems: Your drinking is likely to cause problems if you don't cut back or quit altogether. Talk to your doctor about how you can limit your drinking or quit. If you have trouble cutting back or quitting for an extended period of time, or if you start drinking more, see your doctor or another health professional for help.
  • Likely alcohol dependence: You are likely addicted to alcohol and need treatment to recover and stay sober. If you do not seek help, your drinking is likely to cause serious problems. See your doctor or another health professional for help.

As with all screening tools, this tool is not meant to take the place of a thorough evaluation by your doctor. If you think you may have a problem, see your doctor.

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Last Updated: May 20, 2013
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