The reason there are so many tests for alcoholism is that diagnosing alcoholism is not an exact science.
You can't just do a blood test or a biopsy and say yes you are an alcoholic or no you are not an alcoholic (although such tests - particularly on your liver - might give a medical professional a good idea.)
So the very 'slipperiness' of alcoholism has led to a multitude tests being devised.
I have gathered the most used and respected of these tests. You can find them below.
If you see one of interest then click on the heading and, on the following page you will be able to complete the questionnaire.
The Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test(MAST)is a very simple, self-scoring test that helps assess if you have a drinking problem.
It consists of 22 questions.
It goes into more detail than the CAGE test above.
It is one of the oldest alcoholism tests having been developed in 1971.
The major drawback to the MAST test is that it focuses on problems over the patient's lifetime, rather than on current problems. So this can mean that people in the early stages of alcoholism slip through the net.
The MAST-G is designed with elderly or geriatric people in mind.
This tests questions highlight the special employment and social situations of someone who is retired and how that can relate to alcohol abuse.
Due to the increasing prevalence of alcohol abuse among adolescents and the corresponding rise in teens seeking help for alcohol dependency, the NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) created a self-diagnostic test that gives an indication of the state of a teens drinking problem.
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)