Alcohol Self-Assessment: What is Your Biological Risk?

Answer the following questions with "yes" or "no."

  1. Do you have a parent or grandparent with alcoholism?
  2. Do you have a strong family history of alcoholism (more than a parent or grandparent)?
  3. Did you have an unusual response to alcohol when you first drank? (either got sick from a small amount, developed a flush, or had high tolerance)
  4. Have you developed a significantly higher tolerance since you began drinking? (Does is take more now than before to get you drunk?)

See below for your results:

If you answered "No" to all four questions you are at low risk for developing alcoholism:

Your low-risk choices:

  • Abstinence
  • 0-2 drinks daily
  • 0-3 drinks, if less than daily
  • One drink per hour
  • Adjust rate of drinking for all factors that may be influencing you at the time (stress, fatigue, food in stomach, time in menstrual cycle, medications, etc).

If you answered "Yes" to questions 1, 3, or 4, you show some sign of increased risk for alcoholism:

Your low-risk choices:

  • Abstinence
  • Never daily, just infrequent use
  • 0-2 drinks on any day
  • One drink per hour
  • Adjust rate of drinking for all factors that may be influencing you at the time (stress, fatigue, food in stomach, time in menstrual cycle, medications, etc.)

If you answered "yes" to question 2, or any combination of two or more questions, you show strong signs of increased risk for alcoholism:

Your low-risk choices:

  • Abstinence