Michigan Alcoholism Screening TestDo you have problems with drinking?
The Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (MAST) is a very simple, self scoring test that helps assess if you have a drinking problem.
There are 22 questions and they refer only to the past 12 months of your drinking.
Carefully read each statement and decide whether your answer is yes or no. Please give the best answer or the answer that is right most of the time.
This test will only give accurate results if you are honest with yourself when answering the questions.
Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test
Please answer ALL the questions by choosing Yes or No, then click on the 'Get Result' button:
For your information, this test is scored as follows:
0 - 2 points, No apparent problem
3 - 5 points, Early or middle problem drinker
6 or more points, Problem drinker
What's The Next Step?
The Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test is a very effective way to diagnose problems with drinking.
It is also a relatively accurate test. In a recent study it was found that Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test diagnoses agreed with diagnoses of alcoholism reached through other assessment procedures in about 75 percent of cases.
If you have answered yes to 3 or more of the questions in the Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test, or you are worried about your 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.
Another option is to go to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in your area. These meetings are very simple in format. They generally involve alcoholics sharing their alcoholism stories, feelings, and struggles with alcohol. This is a good way to discover more about alcoholism and to decide whether you have a problem. You don't have to speak at these meetings if you don't want to, you can just listen.
Alcoholics Anonymous, however, is not for everybody and there are plenty of options out there for those who do not want to go down the AA route, or have found the 12-step method to be alien to them. Read AA alternatives for more.
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