Alcohol Use Disorders
The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test
A very accurate test particularly effective at identifying the first signs of alcoholism
Do you think you or a loved one is showing the early signs of drink dependency? If so then the test below might help.
The strength of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (the AUDIT test) lies in the fact that it is used to identify the first signs of alcoholism.
This test allows you, or the person you care about, to get help before entering the later alcoholism stages.
It is used to detect alcohol problems experienced within the last year, not over a lifetime.
The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test was developed by the World Health Organization in 1982. It is said to be very accurate. Research has shown it to have a 93% accuracy rate.
Another plus of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test is that it has been shown to be effective in accurately identifying alcohol abuse in both genders and across ethnic groups (unlike the other available alcoholism tests).
The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test is made up of 10 multiple choice questions. These investigate how much you drink, how often you drink, your drinking behavior and alcohol-related problems or reactions.
Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test
HOW TO COMPLETE THE TEST:
Please read each question carefully and answer all the questions, even if they do not apply to you.
Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test.
The Next Step...
Don't draw too many conclusions and, more importantly,..
..do not panic
The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test is after all, a purely subjective test for alcoholism.
The next step is, if you want to-remember nobody is forcing you
, to visit somebody who is qualified to make a professional and objective judgment about your drinking habits.
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.
If, for whatever reason you do not want to publicize your condition then there are alternatives out there.
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 seen by many as the one and only way to get sober. It is effective, but only for a small minority.
Despite popular belief, it is estimated that only a tiny minority actually succeed using this method. Recent research has shown that only 5% of alcohol dependents actually remain sober for three or more years 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
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 anyway you can’t really put a price on reclaiming your life from alcohol.
- 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.
- 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.
There are many who have managed to defeat their drinking problems by taking the drug baclofen, which is licensed to be used in the treatment of the spasticity associated with conditions like multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. Although not licensed for the treatment of alcohol dependency, those who have tried it swear by it. Dr. Amiesen, a French cardiologist stumbled on baclofen’s potential for treating alcoholism when struggling with his anxiety and alcohol dependence. One of the great advantages of using baclofen is that abstention from alcohol is not necessary. In fact continuing to drink is an essential part of the treatment. Intrigued? 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
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