20 questions from the Johns Hopkins ‘Are You an Alcoholic?’ test

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.

  1. Have you lost time from your work because of your drinking?
  2. Is drinking making your home life unhappy?
  3. Do you drink because you are shy with other people?
  4. Is drinking affecting your reputation?
  5. Have you ever felt remorse after drinking?
  6. Have you gotten into financial difficulties as a result of drinking?
  7. Do you turn to lower companions or environment when drinking?
  8. Does your drinking make you careless of your family’s welfare?
  9. Has your ambition decreased since drinking?
  10. Do you want a drink the next morning?
  11. Do you crave a drink at a definite time daily?
  12. Does drinking cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
  13. Has your efficiency decreased since drinking?
  14. Is drinking jeopardizing your job or business?
  15. Do you drink to escape from worries or trouble?
  16. Do you drink alone?
  17. Have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of drinking?
  18. Has your physician ever treated you for drinking?
  19. Do you drink to build up your self-confidence?
  20. 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.