WHAT IS ALCOHOL USE DISORDER?
Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is the clinical diagnosis addiction professionals use to describe the medical condition known for decades as alcoholism or alcohol dependence. There are three levels of AUD: mild, moderate, and severe.
To determine whether you meet diagnostic criteria for mild, moderate, or severe AUD, consider the following questions about your alcohol use over the past year:
- Were there times when you drank more, or for a longer period, than you planned?
- Did you try – unsuccessfully – to cut down or quit drinking?
- Did you spend time managing the effects of drinking, such as hangovers or feeling sick?
- Have you experienced strong cravings for alcohol?
- Has drinking had a negative impact on your home, work, or education?
- If you answered yes to question (5), did you keep drinking anyway?
- Have you stopped activities you used to love, in order to drink – or manage hangovers – instead?
- Have you engaged in risky behavior, such as driving under the influence?
- Have you kept drinking even though it causes physical, psychological, and emotional discomfort?
- Have you had to drink more to get the same effect?
- Have you had a drink to avoid symptoms such as trouble sleeping, shakiness, anxiety, irritability, or depression?
If you answer yes to 2-3 of these questions, you meet the criteria for mild AUD. If you answer yes to 4-5, you meet the criteria for moderate AUD. If you answer yes to 6 or more, you meet the criteria for severe AUD.
We offer this to help you determine where you fall on the continuum, understand how addiction professionals arrive at a diagnosis for AUD, and help you decide if you need to seek treatment for your alcohol use. This questionnaire is not a formal assessment, and does not take the place of an evaluation for AUD administered by a medical professional.