Scoring the Alcohol Screening Test


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.