AUDIT-C Overview

The AUDIT-C is a 3-item alcohol screen that can help identify persons who are at hazardous drinkers or have active alcohol use disorders (including alcohol abuse or dependence).


The AUDIT-C is scored on a scale of 0-12. Each question has 5 answer choices

Points allotted are:

a = 0 points

b = 1 point

c = 2 points

d = 3 points

e = 4 points

The AUDIT-C is scored on a scale of 0-12 (scores of 0 reflect no alcohol use). In men, a score of 4 or more is considered positive; in women, a score of 3 or more is considered positive. Generally, the higher the AUDIT-C score, the more likely it is that the patient’s drinking is affecting his/her health and safety.

0-3 points Low risk

4-5 points Moderate risk

6-7 points High risk

8-12 points Severe risk

Men: 4 points or higher is considered hazardous drinking
Women: 3 points or more is considered hazardous drinking

AUDIT-C Questionnaire

1. How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?

a. Never – 0 points

b. Monthly or less – 1 point

c. 2-4 times a month – 2 points

d. 2-3 times a week – 3 points

e. 4 or more times a week – 4 points

2. How many standard drinks containing alcohol do you have on a typical day?

a. 1 or 2 – 0 points

b. 3 or 4 – 1 point

c. 5 or 6 – 2 points

d. 7 to 9 – 3 points

e. 10 or more – 4 points

3. How often do you have six or more drinks on one occasion?

a. Never – 0 points

b. Less than monthly – 1 point

c. Monthly – 2 points

d. Weekly – 3 points

e. Daily or almost daily – 4 points

Disclaimer: The results of this self-test are not intended to constitute a diagnosis of drug addiction and should be used solely as a guide to understanding your drug use and the potential health issues involved with it. The information provided here cannot substitute for a full evaluation by a health professional.

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