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Alcohol Screening Inventory

The following screening test has excellent reliability and validity established across multicultural populations. It was developed by the World Health Organization and was published in a highly recommended volume: Hester, R.K., & Miller, W.R. (1995). Handbook of Alcoholism Treatment Approaches: Effective Alternatives (2nd ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

The scoring is simple: the numbers for each response are added up to give a composite score.

1. How often do you have a drink containing alcohol? 0=Never
1=Monthly or less
2=Two-four/month
3=Two-three/week
4=Four or more/week
2. How many drinks containing alcohol do you have on a typical day when you are drinking? 0=None
1=One or two
2=Three or four
3=Five or six
4=Seven to nine
5=Ten or more
3. How often do you have six or more drinks on one occasion? 0=Never
1=Less than monthly
2=Monthly
3=Weekly
4=Daily or almost daily
4. How often during the last year have you found that you were unable to stop drinking once you started? 0=Never
1=Less than monthly
2=Monthly
3=Weekly
4=Daily or almost daily
5. How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected from you because of drinking? 0=Never
1=Less than monthly
2=Monthly
3=Weekly
4=Daily or almost daily
6. How often during the last year have you needed a first drink in the morning to get going after a heavy drinking session? 0=Never
1=Less than monthly
2=Monthly
3=Weekly
4=Daily or almost daily
7. How often during the last year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking? 0=Never
1=Less than monthly
2=Monthly
3=Weekly
4=Daily or almost daily
8. How often during the last year have you been unable to remember the night before because you had been drinking? 0=Never
1=Less than monthly
2=Monthly
3=Weekly
4=Daily or almost daily
9. Have you or someone else been injured as the result of your drinking? 0=Never
1=Less than monthly
2=Monthly
3=Weekly
4=Daily or almost daily
10. Has a relative, friend or health professional been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down? 0=Never
1=Less than monthly
2=Monthly
3=Weekly
4=Daily or almost daily

Scores above eight warrant an in-depth assessment and may be indicative of an alcohol problem. If you are someone you know is dealing with an alcohol problem, contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 920-403-3045.