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The CAGE questionnaire is an internationally used assessment instrument for identifying problems with alcohol. 'CAGE' is an acronym formed from the italicized letters in the questionnaire (cut-annoyed-guilty-eye).

This simple 4-question self-test may help you become aware of your use or abuse of alcohol. This test specifically focuses on alcohol use, and not on the use of other drugs.

1. Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking? Yes/No

2. Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking? Yes/No

3. Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking? Yes/No

4. Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover (also known as an eye-opener)? Yes/No

Scoring: Item responses on the CAGE are scored 0 for "no" and 1 for "yes" answers, with a higher score an indication of possible alcohol problems. A total score of 2 or greater is considered clinically significant.

*This test is meant to be used as a starting point, not as a diagnosis tool. This score is not intended as a mental disorder diagnosis, or as any type of healthcare recommendation.