The TWEAK alcoholism test is yet another method of determining if you have an alcohol problem. Apparently, it was originally designed to see if pregnant women had drinking problems. Obviously, a drinking problem while pregnant is a serious medical concern. All manner of bad things can occur to the fetus if alcohol is consumed during pregnancy. The worst being FAS or Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. There is no known safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
The test has proven useful for assessing other groups of people as well. It is a variation of the CAGE test.
The name of the test is an acronym for Tolerance, Worried, Eye-opener, Amnesia, and K/Cut down (with a poetic license use of “K” instead of “C” for cutting down on alcohol consumption).
1. How many drinks does it take to make you feel high?
2. Have close friends or relatives worried or complained about your drinking in the past year?
3. Do you sometimes take a drink in the morning when you first get up?
4. Has a friend or family member ever told you about things you said or did while you were drinking that you could not remember?
5. Do you sometimes feel the need to cut down on your drinking?
The maximum score on the test is seven points, with the first two questions counting for two points each and the last three one point each. Note about question 1: If a woman responds that it takes three or more drinks to feel high, she scores two points. If she responds “less than three,” she scores zero on the question.
A total score of two or more on the test is an indication of harmful drinking and further evaluation is indicated.
Alcoholism TWEAK Test – Originally for expectant mothers