Ask yourself the following test questions. Answer them as honestly as you can. (If the answers are 'No' to all the questions, re-answer them with the help of your spouse or the closest member the your family).
'It is a highly relapse -prone disease. A rigorous maintenance schedule is essential in order to stay sober'.
|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 ever got into financial difficulties as a result of drinking?||Yes||No|
|7||Do you turn to lower companions and an inferior environment when drinking?||Yes||No|
|8||Does drinking make you careless of your family's welfare?||Yes||No|
|9||Has your ambition decreased since drinking?||Yes||No|
|10||Do you crave for a drink at a definite time daily?||Yes||No|
|11||Do you want a drink the next morning?||Yes||No|
|12||Does drinking cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?||Yes||No|
|13||Has your efficiency decreased since drinking?||Yes||No|
|14||Is drinking jeopardizing your job or business?||Yes||No|
|15||Do you drink to escape from worries or trouble?||Yes||No|
|16||Have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of drinking?||Yes||No|
|17||Do you drink alone?||Yes||No|
|18||Has a physician ever treated you for drinking?||Yes||No|
|19||Do you drink to build up your self-confidence?||Yes||No|
|20||Have you ever been in a hospital or institution on account of drinking?||Yes||No|
Analysis of questionnaire
If you have answered YES to any one of the questions, there is a definite warning that you may be an alcoholic.
If you have answered YES to any two, the chances are that you're an alcoholic.
If you have answered YES to three or more, you are definitely an alcoholic.
(John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA uses the above test questions, in deciding whether or not a person is an alcoholic).