Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test
Medically Reviewed By Kayla Loibl | Last Edited : November 12,
2020 | 4 Sources
Assessing Your Drinking - MAST Alcohol Test
Do you have problems with drinking?
Given the comorbid and highly prevalent nature of alcoholism, early detection and treatment is significant in reducing the substantial harm this disorder could cause both at the individual and society.
The Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (MAST)is one of the most widely used measures for assessing alcohol abuse. It 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.
For a chemical test at home try one like this.
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. Members are supposed to step up and take responsibility for changing themselves and motivating others to do the same. 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. The only requirement to be a member in AA is a desire to finally stop drinking.
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
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Lead Writer/Reviewer : Kayla Loibl
Licensed Medical Health Professional
I am a Mental Health Counselor who is licensed in both New York (LMHC) and North Carolina (LCMHC). I have been working in the Mental Health field since 2015. I have worked in a residential setting, an outpatient program and an inpatient addictions program. I began working in Long Island, NY and then in Guelph, Ontario after moving to Canada. Read More
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