This test is published by The National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). It is only 26 questions and takes about 5 minutes to complete. Afterwards you are given the results of your test. There is a phone number included if you would like to talk to someone about your alcohol use.
What is at Stake?
- An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States
- In 2010, alcohol misuse cost the United States $249.0 billion
- In 2014, the World Health Organization reported that alcohol contributed to more than 200 diseases and injury-related health conditions
- Among all cirrhosis deaths in 2013, 47.9 percent were alcohol related. The proportion of alcohol-related cirrhosis was highest (76.5 percent) among those ages 25–34, followed by people aged 35–44, at 70.0 percent
- Drinking alcohol increases the risk of cancers of the mouth, esophagus, pharynx, larynx, liver, and breast
- 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes
No matter what you decide about taking this test, it is best to be honest with yourself and not slip into denial.
The Good News
- There are medications available for treating alcohol use disorder
- Moderate alcohol consumption may have beneficial effects on health. These include decreased risk for heart disease
- For women, low-risk drinking is defined as no more than 3 drinks on any single day and no more than 7 drinks per week. For men, it is defined as no more than 4 drinks on any single day and no more than 14 drinks per week. NIAAA research shows that only about 2 in 100 people who drink within these limits have Alcohol Use Disorder
No matter what results you find in taking this test it is a good idea to know the facts.
A Reach Out Recovery Exclusive By: Nadine Knapp
*Information sourced from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism