Are you concerned you are drinking too much? Has someone else expressed concerns about how much you are drinking?

In this section we will explore how to assess whether you are dinking at a level considered higher risk by the Department of Health using an evidenced based assessment tool.

This is a very quick assessment you can take if you are worried. The below is a shortened version. You can also take the full version of the test online at

How often do you have a drink that contains alcohol?


Frequency Score
Never 0
Monthly or less 1
2-4 times per month 2
2-3 times per week 3
4+ times per week 4

How many units of alcohol do you drink on a normal day when you are drinking?


Number Score
1-2 0
3-4 1
5-6 2
7-9 3
10+ 4

How often do you have 5 or more drinks on one occasion?


Frequency Score
Never 0
Less than monthly 1
Monthly 2
Weekly 3
Daily or almost daily 4


Add up your scores, if you have scored:

  • Less than 5: you are drinking within lower risk guidelines.
  • More than 5: your drinking is potentially high risk, and you would benefit from further specialist assessment and advice to prevent any health harms. At the very least you may want to consider reducing your drinking to lower risk levels.