After you have finished, total your individual item scores into one composite score for all 12 questions.
Next, total your individual item scores for the last four questions only (9 – 12).
You should now have two composite scores – one for all twelve questions and one for the last four questions.
A score of 8 or more for all twelve questions indicates that a harmful level of alcohol consumption is likely.
The last four questions (9,10,11,12) are considered a separate “sub-assessment” embedded into the entire self-administered instrument. On only the last four items, a total score of 1 – 2 indicates that you may have a drinking problem. A score of 3 or more indicates there is a significant possibility that you have a problem with alcohol.
If your score exceeds the cut-off values on either instrument, you should seek help.