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Are you an Addict? Are you an Alcoholic? Take this self-assessment test and find out if you are a REAL Addict or Alcoholic

Listen to Chris Raymer, a recovered alcoholic addict from Texas, talk about the Big Book of A.A. definition of a "real" alcoholic addict.

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Take this self-assessment test and determine what type of drinker, user, or obsessive-complusive you might be. If the question does not apply to you - leave it blank. These behavioural characteristics can be found on (pages 20-22, 24, 30, 43, 44 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, 2001)
Moderate drinkers (users) have little trouble in giving up liquor (drugs, obsessive-compulsive behaviors) entirely if they have good reason for it. Do you have a good reason for giving up your drinking, using or acting-out behaviour?
Yes No
They (Moderate drinkers and users) can take it or leave it alone. Can you stop when you want to? Can you choose to not to drink or use? *Note: If you can answer "YES" you are NOT an alcoholic or addict!
Yes No
Then we have a certain type of hard drinkers (users). They may have the habit badly enough to gradually impair them physically and mentally. It may cause them to die a few years before their time. If a sufficiently strong reason becomes operative--ill health, falling in love, change of environment, or the warning of a doctor becomes operative, this person can also stop or moderate (yes/no), although they may find it difficult and troublesome and may even need medical attention.this person (a hard drinker or user) can also stop or moderate, although they may find it difficult and troublesome and may even need medical attention. Have you found a sufficient reason to quit and has that reason kept you sober or clean? *Note: If you can answer "YES" to this question, you are NOT an alcoholic or addict!
Yes No
But what about the real alcoholic. (addict)? They may start off as a moderate drinker (user); they may or may not become a continuous hard drinker (user); but at some stage of their drinking (or using) career they begin to lose all control of their liquor consumption, once they start to drink (use or act-out). Does this describe you?
Yes No
Here is a person who has been puzzling you, especially in their lack of control. Is this you?
Yes No
They do absurd, incredible, tragic things while drinking (using or acting-out). Is this you?
Yes No
They are a real Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Do you experience a personality change when drinking or using?
Yes No
They are seldom mildly intoxicated. They are always more or less insanely drunk (high or acting-out). Is this you?
Yes No
Their disposition while drinking (using, acting-out) resembles their normal nature but little. Is this you?
Yes No
They may be one of the finest people in the world. Yet let them drink (use, act-out) for a day, and they frequently becomes disgustingly, and even dangerously anti-social. Is this you?
Yes No
They have a positive genius for getting tight (high or acting out) at exactly the wrong moment particularly when some important decision must be made or engagement kept. Is this you?
Yes No
They are often perfectly sensible and well balanced concerning everything except liquor (drugs, acting-out), but in that respect they are incredibly dishonest and selfish. Is this you?
Yes No
They often possess special abilities, skills, and aptitudes, and have a promising career ahead of them. They use their gifts to build up a bright outlook for their family and them self, and then pull the structure down on their head by a senseless series of sprees. Is this you?
Yes No
Here is the person who goes to bed so intoxicated they ought to sleep the clock around. Yet early next morning they search madly for the bottle (drugs or start acting out) they misplace the night before. Is this you?
Yes No
If they can afford it, they may have liquor (drugs) concealed all over their house to be certain no one gets their entire supply away from them to throw down the waste pipe. Is this you?
Yes No
As matters grow worse, they begin to use a combination of high-powered sedative and liquor to quiet their nerves so they can go to work. Is this you?
Yes No
Then comes the day when they simply cannot make it and get drunk (high) all over again. Is this you?
Yes No
Perhaps they go to a doctor who gives them morphine or some sedative with which to taper off. Is this you?
Yes No
Then they begin to appear at hospitals and sanitariums. (detox/withdrawl management, treatment centres). Is this you?
Yes No
The fact is that most alcoholics (addicts), for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink (obsessive-compulsive acts). Is this you?
Yes No
Our so called will power becomes practically nonexistent. Is this you?
Yes No
We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. Is this you?
Yes No
We are without defense against the first drink (drug, obsessive-compulsive act). Is this you?
Yes No
Most of us have been unwilling to admit we were real alcoholics (addicts). No person likes to think they are bodily and mentally different from other people. Therefore, it is not surprising that our drinking (using) careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink (use) like other people. Is this you?
Yes No
The idea that somehow, someday we will control and enjoy our drinking (using) is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker (user). Is this you?
Yes No
We alcoholics (addicts) are men and women who have lost the ability to control our drinking (using). We know that no real alcoholic (addict) ever recovers control. All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such intervals usually brief were inevitably followed by still less control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization. Has this been your experience?
Yes No
We are convinced to a person that alcoholics (addicts) of our type are in the grip of a progressive illness. Over any considerable period we get worse, never better. Has this been your experience?
Yes No
This is by no means a comprehensive picture of the true alcoholic (addict), as our behavior patterns vary. But this description should identify them roughly. Is this you?
Yes No
Submit this form to find out what type of drinker, user, or obsessive-compulsive type you are.

Your Type

Type 1: Moderate Drinker or User

Type 2: Hard Drinker or User

Type 3: Potential Addict

Type 3: Addict

Your Self-Assessment

Moderate drinkers (users) have little trouble in giving up liquor (drugs, obsessive-compulsive behavior) entirely if they have good reason for it. They can take it or leave it alone.

Hard drinkers (users)...may have the habit badly enough to gradually impair them physically and mentally. It may cause them to die a few years before their time. If a sufficiently strong reason -- ill health, falling in love, change of environment, or the warning of a doctor becomes operative, this person can also stop or moderate, although they may find it difficult and troublesome and may even need medical attention.

Potential Alcoholic Addict: If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking (using or acting out), you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic (addict). If that be the case, you may be suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer.

The Alcoholic Addict at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink, drug or act. Except in a few cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a Higher Power.