Concerned about your use — or abuse — of drugs? With 20 questions, this simple self-test may help you identify aspects of your drug use which could be problematic. This test specifically does not include alcohol use. Separate tests focus on alcohol use: “CAGE Questionnaire” and “Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST), Revised”.
Completing this Psychological Screening Test
To take the questionnaire, please click the radio button next to the selection which best reflects how each statement applies to you. The questions refer to the past 12 months. Carefully read each statement and decide whether your answer is yes or no. Please give the best answer or the answer that is right most of the time.
For the purposes of this screening test, drug abuse refers to:
- the use of prescribed or “over the counter” drugs in excess of the directions, and
- any non-medical use of drugs.
Remember, for the purposes of this screening test, the questions do not refer to alcoholic beverages. The DAST does not include alcohol use.
Take the Quiz
Please note: This test will only be scored correctly if you answer each one of the questions. Please also check our disclaimer on psychological testing and our psychological testing privacy guarantee.
About Scoring this Psychological Questionnaire
This quiz is scored by allocating 1 point to each ‘yes’ answer — except for questions 4 and 5, where 1 point is allocated for each ‘no’ answer — and totalling the responses.
When your quiz is scored, one of 5 different information pages will appear to describe the results for scores in your range.
The Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST) is one of the most widely used screening tests for drug abuse and addiction. Additional information is available in the following reference:
Gavin DR; Ross HE; Skinner HA. (1989) ‘Diagnostic validity of the Drug Abuse Screening Test in the assessment of DSM-III drug disorders’, British Journal of Addiction 84(3): 301-307.