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Addiction Test, 

How can you tell whether you, or someone close to you, may have an addiction problem?  Answering the following four questions can help you find out. (To help remember these questions, note that the first letter of a key word in each of the four questions spells "CAGE".) 

This simple test is surprisingly accurate. Answer yes or no to each question. The CAGE Test for Alcohol Addiction
  1. Have you ever felt you should Cut down on your drinking?
  2. Have you ever been Annoyed when people have commented on your drinking?
  3. Have you ever felt Guilty or badly about your drinking?
  4. Have you ever had an Eye opener first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover?
  Your score:
Score one point for each yes answer.
If you scored 1, there is an 80% chance you're addicted to alcohol.
If you scored 2, there is an 89% chance you're addicted to alcohol.
If you scored 3, there is a 99% chance you're addicted to alcohol.
If you scored 4, there is a 100% chance you're addicted to alcohol.
In either case, it is important that you see your family doctor right away to discuss your responses to these questions. He or she can help you determine whether you have an addiction problem and, if so, recommend the best course of action for you.


One of the most frustrating factors in dealing with alcoholism/substance abuse, as a relative, friend or addiction professional, is it is almost always accompanied by a phenomenon known as "denial". In the long path the alcoholic/addict takes toward emotional and physical decline, usually the first thing to go is honesty. He simply lies about his drinking/using. Little lies at first. I only had two... I haven't had a drink/used in a week... I don't drink/use as much as he does... As the alcoholic/addict begins to drink/use more and more often, he begins to hide this fact from those around him. Depending upon his circumstances he may drink/use openly, but usually he will conceal the amount he drinks/uses, by not drinking/using around those who are closest to him. If someone tries to discuss his drinking/using with him, he simply refuses to talk about it or dismisses it as not a real problem. After all, he's a big boy now and he can drink/use if he wants to, it's nobody else's business. But these simple acts of denial, lying about his drinking/using or refusing to discuss it, are clues that the alcoholic/addict himself deep down inside knows that he has a problem. If it's not a problem, why lie about it to anyone? The alcoholic/addict covers up and denies his drinking/using out of his own feelings that there is something different or "wrong" about it. 

Somewhere inside he realizes that his drinking/using means more to him that he is willing to admit. As the disease progresses and his drinking/using begins to cause real problems in his life, remarkably, the denial likewise increases. Even though his sprees have gotten him into some real trouble, he denies it has anything to do with his drinking/using. The drinking/using and the denial continue until he hits rock-bottom, at which point one of two things usually happen: either he admits there is a problem and seeks help, or the family decides to assertively intervene and find the help required.
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