When it comes to alcoholism self-diagnostic tests there are many out there. The problem for adolescents is that there aren't many for diagnosing alcohol dependence in their age group.
This is probably because those who devise these test are of the opinion that teens, although they do abuse alcohol, are much less likely to have been exposed to the same level of alcohol consumption as adults. This means they are less likely to have become alcoholic drinkers.
This is a valid assumption to make, yet research illustrates that alcoholism in teens is on the rise and that there is a corresponding number of young people seeking treatment for alcohol dependency. Many teenagers are suffering the consequences of drinking too much alcohol, at too early an age.
Assessment or pretreatment screening is an essential first step to establish the need for treatment. Researchers and clinicians use different approaches to evaluate alcohol problems in young people. Among these approaches is the use of self-report questionnaires to identify possible alcohol problems. Self-diagnostic alcoholism tests are an important weapon in the fight against alcohol dependency because such tests are often the first indicator to a teen that their drinking has got out of control.
Many people, but the young in particular, are unwilling and/or fearful of talking to parents/teachers about their drinking habits because they feel they will be judged and chastised. An anonymous online self-diagnostic test is a good way for a teen to get the information they need to make choices about their drinking.
Recognizing this need, the NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) has devised a test that can give an accurate idea of the scope of a teenagers drinking problem.
This test is meant to be completed by the teenager in question, if you are a parent concerned about your child's drinking then take a look at our page on signs of adolescent alcohol abuse to get a better idea as to whether your teen has an issue with alcohol.
Take a look at the following 20 questions, and answer yes or no to each one. Note down your answers and then discover the depth of your drinking problem (should you have one):
Scoring is relatively simple for this test:
Testing young people for alcohol use disorder and alcohol us is very crucial and may prevent problems down the road. However, just as with diagnostic tests, there are many alcoholism treatment centers for adults but not a lot for adolescents. This is due to the same thinking outlined above.
If you want more help and advice on adolescent alcoholism treatment then read our page dedicated to this aspect of alcohol dependency treatment.
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