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Am I at Risk

This page should help you to decide the extent to which you might be at risk for excessive drinking or drug use. Answer the following questions and then add up the numbers provided for each "yes" answer. You can then compare your total score to our suggested risk level. Only you can decide whether you have a problem ultimately. Yet many of these questions have been used by professionals in many settings in order to help individuals decide whether they might have a problem.

Do you set limits about your use and then break your limits?

Yes = 4

Are you drinking more at one time than you used to or more often then you used to?

Yes = 2

Do you ever worry about running out?

Yes = 3

Do you drink or use before you engage in an activity where alcohol or drugs are not available?

Yes = 4

Do you drink or use alone?

Yes = 2

Do you drink or use on a daily basis?

Yes = 4

Do you spend too much money on alcohol or drugs?

Yes = 3

Do you do or say things while drinking or using that you later regret?

Yes = 2

Have you ever lied about, minimized or downplayed the extent of your drinking or drug use when talking to others?

Yes = 3

Has any one ever expressed concern to you about your drinking or drug use?

Yes = 4

Have you ever become accident-prone after drinking or using drugs?

Yes = 3

Do you normally feel hung over after an evening of drinking?

Yes = 1

Do you ever worry about your own use?

Yes = 2

Has your interest in school, work, or hobbies ever been affected as a result of your drinking or drug use?

Yes = 4

Have you ever experienced difficulties with relationships that might have been a result of your drinking or drug use?

Yes = 4

Have you ever forgotten where you were or what you did after drinking using drugs?

Yes = 3

Have you ever fallen behind in schoolwork or missed class perhaps as a result drinking or drug use?

Yes = 3

After a really hard exam or stressful week, do you like to do go out and get drunk or high?

Yes = 2

Have you ever engaged in unplanned sexual activity as a partial result of drinking or getting high?

Yes = 2

Have you ever gotten hurt or injured as a result of drinking or drug use?

Yes = 3

Have you ever damaged property while under the influence?

Yes = 3

Have you ever not used protection while having sex after drinking or using drugs?

Yes = 1

Have you ever driven after drinking or using drugs?

Yes = 2

Do you ever tend to drink alone when you feel angry or sad?

Yes = 3

Have you ever been late for work due to drinking or using drugs?

Yes = 3

Has your drinking or drug use ever worried your family?

Yes = 3

Do you ever tend to drink or get high after telling yourself you won't?

Yes = 4

Do you get headaches after you have been drinking?

Yes = 1

When drinking or using drugs with others have you ever tried to have a few extra drinks or use more drugs with out others knowing about it?

Yes = 3

Have you recently noticed that it takes more drinks to get as drunk as you used to?

Yes = 4

Do you ever feel depressed or anxious before, during or after periods of heavy drinking?

Yes = 4

Do you ever feel uncomfortable if alcohol or drugs are not available?

Yes = 2

Do you ever feel either guilty or embarrassed about your drinking or drug use?

Yes = 2

Do you often want to continue drinking or using after your friends say they've had enough?

Yes = 1

Have you tried switching brands or drinks, or following different plans to control your drinking or drug use?

Yes = 3

Have you sometimes failed to keep promises you made to yourself about controlling or cutting down on your drinking or drug use?

Yes = 4

Have you ever had a DWI (driving while intoxicated) or DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol) violation, or any other legal problem related to your drinking?

Yes = 4

Do you try to avoid family or close friends while you are drinking or using drugs?

Yes = 1

Do you eat very little or irregularly during the periods when you are drinking?

Yes = 1

Do you sometimes stay drunk or high for several days at a time?

Yes = 5

Do you ever drink or use drugs when you are disappointed, under pressure or have been in an argument with someone?

Yes = 4

After periods of drinking do you sometimes see or hear things that aren't there?

Yes = 5

Have you ever gone to anyone for help before about your drinking or drug use?

Yes = 3

In order to have fun do you usually drink or use drugs?

Yes = 3

Do you ever leave social situations in order to drink or use drugs?

Yes = 1

Do you avoid social events where drugs or alcohol will not be available?

Yes = 1

Do you ever take more of prescribed drug than you are supposed to?

Yes = 1

Do you ever mix drugs or alcohol when taking a prescribed medication?

Yes = 2

Do you have a high tolerance for drugs or alcohol or prescription drugs so that in general you think you can take more than most people?

Yes = 3

Did you ever experiment with cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, Ritalin, or other designer or club drugs?

Yes = 1

Have you ever done anything illegal while drunk or high?

Yes = 3

Have you had major difficulties in school related to drugs or alcohol?

Yes = 4

Have you ever been involved in any type of accident while you were drinking or using?

Yes = 3

Are any of your important relationships troubled or in jeopardy as a result of your use?

Yes = 3

Do you find yourself frequently battling or rebelling against authority?

Yes = 1

Do you get annoyed or irritated when someone asks about your drug use?

Yes = 3

Have you had minor difficulties in school related to drugs or alcohol?

Yes = 2

Have you ever missed or been late to a class because of a hang over?

Yes = 1

Have you ever had problems related to an assignment due to spending a little too much time partying?

Yes = 1

Do you have financial difficulties yet still spend money on partying?

Yes = 2

Is your stress in life worse than other students?

Yes = 1

How to Score:

Add up al the numbers corresponding to yes answers and compare them to the scale below:

0 If you score a "0" you should feel comfortable that you are not at risk for problems relating to alcohol or drug use. You are probably have a reasonably healthy relationship with drugs or alcohol and are what most people would consider a "social user."

1-3 Scores in this range generally indicate that your use is not problematic and approaches the use of other students nationally. While it is possible that some of your behaviors might be risky if your use maintains the same role in your life you are probably not in jeopardy of developing problematic behaviors, thinking patterns or coping styles.

4-6 You have indicated that your pattern of use might be indicative of someone who is at-risk for developing a problem with alcohol or drug use. The questions to which you answered yes were developed based on tests and measures of alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. While it possible that you scored in the category based on a few instances or "poor judgment" or one time drinking or drugging circumstances, you would benefit from honestly examining the role that drinking or using drugs plays in your life. What makes one's relationship with alcohol or drugs most complicated is that often when someone has a problem, they are not able to see that the problem exists. This makes alcohol and drug use one of the hardest things to recognize confront and change. If you scored in this category you would clearly benefit from speaking with someone about the role that drugs and alcohol play in your life.

7- 10 Scoring in this category suggest that you are more than at-risk for having developing problems with alcohol and drugs. While you may not be ready to address the problems, it is important to do something about it before it is too late. It is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a counselor at the Counseling Center or a professional in your area. Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous are extremely valuable resources that are available every day at almost any time. You can call AA or NA by looking in the phone book or contacting directory assistance. You can look in the telephone directory under psychologists, alcohol, treatment or certified addiction professionals.

11- up Scoring in this category means that you may have a serious drinking or drug problem that should be addressed immediately. It is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a counselor at the Counseling Center or a professional in your area. You can look in the telephone directory under psychologists, alcohol, treatment or certified addiction professionals. Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous are extremely valuable resources that are available every day at almost any time. You can call AA or NA by looking in the phone book or contacting directory assistance. If you are currently intoxicated or struggling with symptoms of withdrawal or of a medical nature, and you are unable to contact a professional immediately you should go to the nearest emergency room.

The Counseling Center is available to help any student who is interested in stopping, cutting back or changing behaviors related to drug and alcohol use. The Counseling Center is completely confidential and we will never tell you what to do. Instead we will help you to decide what is best for you.

Counseling Center

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
4140 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19104
215.596.8536


Last updated: July 1999

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