Quiz: Do I Have a Problem?

Answer these short “yes” – “no” questions to see if you might need help.

1. Do you use alcohol or other drugs to build self confidence? 
2. Do you ever drink or get high immediately after you have a problem at home, school or work?
3. Have you ever missed work or school due to alcohol or other drugs?  
4. Does it bother you if someone says that you use too much alcohol or other drugs?
5. Have you started hanging out with a heavy drinking or drug using crowd?  
6. Are alcohol and other drugs affecting your reputation?  
7. Do you feel guilty or bummed out after using alcohol or other drugs? 
8. Do you feel more at ease on a date or social event when drinking or using other drugs?
9. Have you gotten into trouble at home, work, or school for using alcohol or other drugs?
10. Do you borrow money or “do without” other things to buy alcohol and other drugs?
11. Do you feel a sense of power when you use alcohol or other drugs? 
12. Have you lost friends since you started using alcohol or other drugs?
13. Do your friends use less alcohol or other drugs than you do?
14. Do you drink or use other drugs until your supply is all gone?
15. Do you ever wake up and wonder what happened the night before?
16. Have you ever been arrested or hospitalized due to alcohol or use of illicit drugs?
17. Do you “turn off” or avoid studies or lectures about alcohol or illicit drug use? 
18. Have you ever tried to quit or to cut back using alcohol or other drugs?
19. Has there ever been someone in your family with a drinking or other drug problem?
20. Could you have a problem with alcohol or other drugs?

If you answered “yes” to any three of the above questions, you may be at risk for developing alcoholism and/or dependence on another drug.
If you answered “yes” to five of these questions, we recommend you seek help immediately.
Call The Council at (713)942-4100, or e-mail us at
NOTE: This test was adapted from a test offered by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. It is not meant to be used to diagnose a problem with alcohol or other drugs. Its purpose is for identification of a possible problem. Only a physician or professional clinician should diagnose.