The Johns Hopkins Twenty Questions: Are You An Alcoholic? was developed in the 1930s by Dr. Robert Seliger, who at that time was a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
While taking the test, apply these questions over a fixed period of time (perhaps a year), and try to be completely honest with yourself.
- Have you lost time from your work because of your drinking?
- Is drinking making your home life unhappy?
- Do you drink because you are shy with other people?
- Is drinking affecting your reputation?
- Have you ever felt remorse after drinking?
- Have you gotten into financial difficulties as a result of drinking?
- Do you turn to lower companions or environment when drinking?
- Does your drinking make you careless of your family’s welfare?
- Has your ambition decreased since drinking?
- Do you want a drink the next morning?
- Do you crave a drink at a definite time daily?
- Does drinking cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
- Has your efficiency decreased since drinking?
- Is drinking jeopardizing your job or business?
- Do you drink to escape from worries or trouble?
- Do you drink alone?
- Have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of drinking?
- Has your physician ever treated you for drinking?
- Do you drink to build up your self-confidence?
- Have you ever been to a hospital or institution on account of drinking?
The conclusions that came with the test:
- 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 are an alcoholic.
- If you have answered YES to three or more, you are definitely an alcoholic.