Test for Alcoholism:
Johns Hopkins University Test

Medically Reviewed By Kayla Loibl | Last Edited : October 16, 
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Alcoholism Questionnaire

An alcoholism questionnaire that both uncovers alcoholic drinking and at what stage it is at

The Drinking Scale Test is a test for alcoholism quiz created by Johns Hopkins University is a simple Yes or No type test for alcoholism with 20 short questions. Your answers will tell you whether you (or a loved one) are abusing alcohol and if so, at what alcoholism stage you are at.

It is best to read each question carefully and not to rush to the end.

Remember to be honest with yourself!


Please answer yes or no to each question and then click the 'Get Result' button:

1. Do you lose time from work due to drinking?
Yes No

2. Is drinking making your home life unhappy?
Yes No

3. Do you drink because you are shy with other people?
Yes No

4. Is drinking affecting your reputation?
Yes No

5. Have you ever felt remorse after drinking?
Yes No

6. Have you gotten into financial difficulties as a result of your drinking?
Yes No

7. Do you turn to lower companions and an inferior environment when drinking?
Yes No

8. Does your drinking make you careless of your family's welfare?
Yes No

9. Has your ambition decreased since drinking?
Yes No

10. Do you crave a drink at a definite time daily?
Yes No

11. Do you want a drink the next morning?
Yes No

12. Does your drinking cause you to have difficulties in sleeping?
Yes No

13. Has your efficiency decreased since drinking?
Yes No

14. Is your drinking jeopardizing your job or business?
Yes No

15. Do you drink to escape from worries or troubles?
Yes No

16. Do you drink alone?
Yes No

17. Have you ever had a complete loss of memory?
Yes No

18. Has your physician ever treated you for drinking?
Yes No

19. Do you drink to build your self-confidence?
Yes No

20. Have you ever been in a hospital or institution on account of drinking?
Yes No

The Johns Hopkins test for Alcoholism is scored as follows:

  • Three YES answers indicates a probable drinking problem.
  • Four to seven YES answers indicates early stage alcoholism.
  • Seven to ten YES answers indicates middle stage alcoholism.
  • More than ten YES answers indicates end stage alcoholism.

Test for Alcoholism
What If I answered YES to 3 or more questions?

Don't draw too many conclusions and, more importantly,..

..do not panic.

This is after all, a purely subjective test for alcoholism. However, there are steps you can take to do something about your drinking

Do you want to do something about your drinking?

If so, there are a number of options open to you:

  1. Attend Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings.
    Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous, a global community of individuals who have struggled with drinking, is 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.
  2. The Sinclair Method.
    The Sinclair Method, using the medication Natlrexone, has a far better success rate than AA. Naltrexone, a drug that hinders the euphoric feelings alcohol causes, could prevent excessive drinking and curb the cravings to drink, has been shown to be effective in over 78% of cases sinclair method (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). The Sinclair Method lets the patient continue consuming alcohol at the start of treatment. However, 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.
  3. Self-help.
    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.
  4. Treatment Centers.
    A treatment center is a great place to get sober. sinclair methodThere 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.
  5. Baclofen.
    There are many who have managed to defeat their drinking problems by taking the drug baclofen,baclofen and alcohol 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. It helps to lessen anxiety among alcoholics, which could help to curb cravings. 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.
  6. 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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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


Clinical Trials. Baclofen for Treating Anxiety and Alcoholism. December 18, 2012. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01751386

Mayo Clinic. Alcohol use disorder. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alcohol-use-disorder/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20369250

Alcoholics Anonymous. What is A.A.?. https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/what-is-aa

Sinclair Method. What is the Sinclair Method?. https://www.sinclairmethod.org/what-is-the-sinclair-method-2/

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