Which questions may be helpful to ask when screening for alcoholism?

Updated: Nov 27, 2018
  • Author: Warren Thompson, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Additional questions, as follows, may be helpful when screening for alcoholism:

  • Have you ever had a drinking problem?

  • When was your last drink? (Less than 24 h is a red flag)

  • Do you use alcohol to relieve pain, anxiety, or insomnia?

  • Have you ever been arrested for drinking, such as driving under the influence?

  • Have you ever lost friends or girlfriends/boyfriends because of your drinking?

  • Have you ever been to an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting?

  • For geriatric patients: Did your drinking increase after someone close to you died? Does alcohol make you sleepy so that you often fall asleep in your chair?

  • For adolescents: Do you drink alone? Do you ever miss school to go drinking or because you have a hangover?

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