Do You Have an Alcohol or Drug Problem?

Self-Assessment Tests and Quizzes

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Alcohol and drug use can progress into abuse and even addiction so insidiously that sometimes people do not realize that their drinking or drugging has become a real problem for them and for those around them.

The progression of addiction -- and the chaos it can cause for those close to the substance abuser -- has been illustrated with the story of the frog in the water. The story goes, if you put a frog in a pot of hot water, he will jump out immediately.

But if you put the same frog in a pan of water that is body temperature and then very slowly turns up the heat, the frog will not jump out even at the boiling point.

The change was so slow and gradual, he didn't even notice.

What about your situation? How do you think it compares to "normal?" Have you progressed to the point of having a real problem that needs to be addressed? The following self-assessment tests can help you determine whether or not it may be time to reach out for help.

Alcohol Abuse Screening Quiz
Answering these 20 questions will give you an idea if your drinking patterns are safe, risky or harmful. The test is completely confidential and anonymous: your results are not recorded and are available only to you. You will not be asked for any personally identifying information.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Quiz
When you try to quit drinking, do you experience withdrawal symptoms?

Are they mild, moderate or severe? If you decide to quit drinking, will you need to seek medical assistance to avoid severe symptoms? This quiz can help you decide.

Drug Abuse Screening Quiz
This quiz was adapted from the Vanderbilt University Addiction Center. After answering all the questions, you will receive a score which is a guide to the advisability of seeking treatment or not for your substance misuse.

Marijuana Problem Screening Quiz
Many people who use marijuana believe that smoking weed is not a problem for them. However, using marijuana might be causing some difficulties that you may not have considered. Answering these 12 Questions may help you determine if you have begun to develop problems in some areas of your life as a result of your marijuana use.

Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms Quiz
Compared to withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs, marijuana withdrawal symptoms are on the mild side, but that doesn't mean they do not exist and they are not an issue for those trying to abstain. Answering these questions will give you an idea if your marijuana withdrawal symptoms are intense enough to cause you to relapse if you try to quit.

Questions for Friends and Family

Are You Enabling?
Sometimes things we do that we think are helping the alcoholic or addict, could actually be delaying them from seeking help for their problem. Could something you are doing actually be enabling instead of helping? Answering these questions can help you determine if you might be enabling an alcohol or addict in your life.

Are You Troubled by Someone's Drinking?
Millions of people are affected by the excessive drinking of someone close, including children of alcoholics.

These questions, from Al-Anon Family Groups, are designed to help you decide whether or not you could benefit from the Al-Anon program.

Do You Have a Drinking Problem?

If you think you have developed an alcohol use disorder, there are other tests that are usually used in primary healthcare situations that can help with an evaluation of your alcohol consumption.

The following tests have been proven to be accurate in quickly evaluating whether someone may have a drinking problem:

There are several other short tests available. See also Alcohol Screening Tests Ideal for Healthcare Settings.

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