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It's a simple question: "Is my drinking risky?"

April 10, 2009 - Betsy Bethel
It's a simple question: "Is my drinking risky?"

The public can find out the answer confidentially at, where just in time for Alcohol Awareness Month, the site marked its one-millionth screening test on Tuesday.

The confidential, free online screening assesses your drinking patterns and gives you personalized feedback.

I took the quiz myself a few minutes ago. It asks about 20 questions, the first half are about how much and how often you drink alcohol, and the second half concern when you drink, how you feel about drinking and how it impacts your life.

Ultimately, the screening test tells you if your alcohol consumption is likely to be within safe limits — or if it may be harmful to your health, either now or in the future.

According to Join Together, which runs the site, one test-taker wrote:

"Thanks for the statistics, I just thought it was 'normal'. I will try to cut down, I knew I was at risk because of my family tradition, yet I thought I was still on the safe side. I have clear data to re-evaluate my habits."

Join Together, a project of the Boston University School of Public Health, created the quiz based on the AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test), a standard in screening instruments. also features answers to frequently asked questions about alcohol and health consequences, and provides links to support resources and a national database of 11,000 local treatment programs.

If you type in the Wheeling ZIP code, you get the names, addresses and Web sites of 201 treatement programs, from Pittsburgh to Youngstown to Clarksburg, and everywhere in between.

If you have any question in your mind at all about your alcohol consumption, hop over to the site and take the test. It only takes a minute, and it may save your — or someone else's — life.


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