The CAGE QuestionnaireA respected alcoholism screening test in use throughout the U.S. and U.K.
The CAGE test is a straightforward alcoholism screening test, used by many professionals in the alcohol addiction field that simplifies the process of identifying those with alcohol issues.
It is the most used and respected of the alcoholism tests.
The CAGE questionnaire is often used by general practitioners and family doctors as a screening tool for signs of alcoholism. Although a very short and simple test it is very effective in identifying individuals who are drinking alcoholically.
The cage questionnaire is said to have an accuracy rate of 93%.
Alcoholism Screening Test The CAGE Questionnaire
This is a VERY SIMPLE 4 question self-test.
All you have to do is answer yes or no to the questions.
It is important to note that when answering the questions you should take into account your behavior and feelings over your whole lifetime NOT just now.
As you can see the CAGE questionnaire gets its name from the acronym formed by the letters in red.
Just because you may have answered yes to 2 or more questions does not mean you are alcoholic.
What it does mean is that your drinking should be investigated further.
If you think you need a more in-depth screening test than the CAGE questionnaire, then why not try some of the other alcoholism screening questionnaires at the alcoholism tests page.
Then the probability of you having an alcohol problem is about 25%
- If you have answered yes to 2 questions.
Then the probability of you having an alcohol problem is about 50%
- If you have answered yes to 3 questions.
Then the probability of you having an alcohol problem is about 75%
- If you have answered yes to 4 questions.
Then the probability of you having an alcohol problem is about 95%
If you have answered yes to any of the questions in the CAGE questionnaire, or you are worried about your alcohol consumption, it is strongly advisable to consult an alcohol specialist.
Usually this means making an appointment with an alcohol/addiction counselor and discussing your alcohol consumption with him/her.
If you feel more comfortable with your family doctor then go to them by all means. Most doctors have a good knowledge of alcoholism and its signs. If they think you have a problem they can refer you to a counselor/treatment center.
Do you want to do something about your drinking? If so, there are a number of options open to you.
Attend Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. This is seen by many as the one and only way to get sober. It is effective, but only for a small minority.
It is estimated that only 5% of alcohol dependents actually remain sober for three years or more using the 12 steps (the main philosophy behind Alcoholics Anonymous’ approach). However do not discount it until you have tried it. For more on their approach read Stop Drinking Alcohol With AA.
The Sinclair Method. The Sinclair Method, using the medication Natlrexone, has a far better success rate than AA. It has been shown to be effective in over 78% of cases
(Read Results with Naltrexone and Nalmefene: Clinical Trials and Reviews for more on research into Naltrexone and its effectiveness when used to combat alcohol dependency). It is interesting that little is known of this method despite it seeming to be the best treatment for alcoholism available, some say that this is due to vested interests in the addiction treatment industry working against any innovation that might damage their business. Go to The Sinclair Method to learn more about this breakthrough.
Self-help. There are a lot of resources that claim to be able to help you deal with your drinking. A lot of them are ineffective and offer false hope. There is one I have come across that offers alcoholics and problem drinkers a way out (if they are prepared to work hard at overcoming their problems). How To Give Up Alcohol gives alcohol dependents the tools to quit drinking without AA. For those problem/binge drinkers who do not want to give up alcohol, it provides a way for you to return to moderate drinking by showing how you can control your alcohol intake with a little bit of planning and a lot of perseverance. Although a bit on the expensive side, this e-book is a fraction of the cost of a treatment center,and you can’t really put a price on reclaiming your life from alcohol.
Treatment Centers. A treatment center is a great place to get sober. There are, however, a couple of downsides to this form of getting sober. The first is that a stay in a treatment center is fearsomely expensive. If you have insurance then this is not a problem, if you don’t then the cost may well be too much (some centers can cost up to 40,000 dollars for an eight week stay!) The second problem is that most treatment centers (about 90%) follow the 12 step method of alcohol treatment to the letter. If you find it hard to stomach the 12 step program, then a treatment center may not be for you. Read Alcohol Addiction Recovery for more on alcohol treatment centers.
Baclofen. There are many who have managed to defeat their drinking problems by taking the drug Baclofen. Although not licensed for the treatment of alcohol dependency, those who have tried it swear by it. Read Baclofen And Alcohol for more on this form of alcoholism treatment.
Other Treatments. There are countless ways of treating problem drinking. We have gathered what we consider the best and put them on one page, for more read Alcohol Treatment Programs.
Another option is to go to a counselor. Debbie Morrow, who works with The Alcoholism Guide, has extensive experience advising clients with drinking problems on the treatment options open to them. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with her, fill out this questionnaire.
Deborah Morrow, M.S. Addiction Psychology, is the director of treatment programs for The Alcoholism Guide website. In her practice, Deborah provides on-line coaching and support for those dependent on alcohol or who require other services such as relapse prevention or court mandated services. (Read More)