Short Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test

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The Short Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (SMAST)
An alcoholic test made up of few questions, but surprisingly accurate

Short Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test

The Short Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test, or SMAST for short, is a fast and reliable alcoholic test that can diagnose alcohol dependency.

The SMAST test is comprised of questions taken directly from the longer Michigan Alcohol Screening Test.

It only has 13 questions as opposed to the 24 of its big brother the MAST. This means it can be used in situations that require a swift assessment.

Research has shown that, although not as comprehensive as the MAST test, the SMAST is accurate and a good way to diagnose if someone is abusing alcohol or is an alcoholic.

As with the longer MAST test there are points associated with each answer. It is important to keep track of your tally before checking what your score means.

The Short Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test

Please answer ALL the questions, then click the 'get result' button:

1. Do you feel you are a normal drinker?
Yes No

2. Does your spouse or your parents ever worry or complain about your drinking?
Yes No

3. Do you ever feel bad about your drinking?
Yes No

4. Do your friends or relatives think that you are a normal drinker?
Yes No

5. Are you always able to stop drinking when you want to?
Yes No

6. Have you ever attended a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous?
Yes No

7. Has drinking ever created problems with you and your spouse?
Yes No

8. Have you ever gotten into trouble at work because of drinking?
Yes No

9. Have you neglected your obligations, your family or your work for 2 or more days in a row because of drinking?
Yes No

10. Have you ever gone to anyone for help about your drinking?
Yes No

11. Have you ever been in a hospital because of your drinking?
Yes No

12. Have you ever been arrested, even for a few hours, because of drunken behavior?
Yes No

13. Have you ever been arrested for drunk driving or driving after drinking?
Yes No

What to do Now?

Learn To Stop Or Moderate Your Drinking
Give Up Alcohol
If your test result indicates you have a drinking problem, or you are worried about your drinking, 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.

If you or someone close to you wants help and advice on quitting drinking then take a look at the following pages:

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