CAGE Questionnaire, A Screening Test for Alcohol Dependence

With just 4 questions, this simple self-test has nonetheless proven accurate in identifying usage patterns that may reflect problems with alcohol. The test specifically focuses on the use of alcohol, while a separate test focuses on non-alcohol drugs: “Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST)”.

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 your feelings and behaviour over your whole life. 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.

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.

1. Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?

2. Have people annoyed you by criticising your drinking?

3. Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?

4. Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover (eye-opener)?


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About Scoring this Psychological Questionnaire

This quiz is scored by allocating 1 point to each ‘yes’ answer.

When your quiz is scored, one of 2 different information pages will appear to describe the results for scores in your range.

Additional Information

The CAGE questionnaire was developed by Dr. John Ewing, founding director of the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. CAGE is an internationally used assessment instrument for identifying problems with alcohol. ‘CAGE’ is an acronym formed from the italicised letters in the questionnaire (cut-annoyed-guilty-eye).

The exact wording that can be used in research studies can be found in: JA Ewing (1984) ‘Detecting Alcoholism: The CAGE Questionaire’, Journal of the American Medical Association 252: 1905-1907.

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