Addiction Alcohol Use Five-Shot Questionnaire Alcohol Screening Test By Buddy T Buddy T Facebook Twitter Buddy T is an anonymous writer and founding member of the Online Al-Anon Outreach Committee with decades of experience writing about alcoholism. Learn about our editorial process Updated on December 26, 2020 Fact checked Verywell Mind content is rigorously reviewed by a team of qualified and experienced fact checkers. Fact checkers review articles for factual accuracy, relevance, and timeliness. We rely on the most current and reputable sources, which are cited in the text and listed at the bottom of each article. Content is fact checked after it has been edited and before publication. Learn more. by Adah Chung Fact checked by Adah Chung LinkedIn Adah Chung is a fact checker, writer, researcher, and occupational therapist. Learn about our editorial process Print Five-Shot Test Not Accurate As Others. © Getty Images The five-shot questionnaire is another short, self-administered test, designed to be used in busy primary healthcare settings to recognize alcoholism in its early stages. The five-shot test is composed of two questions from the AUDIT test and three questions from the CAGE test and is designed to be a shortened version of the AUDIT test which can be administered quickly in emergency rooms or busy doctors' offices. The questionnaire is short and easy to score, but it is not as accurate as other available alcohol screening tests. The five-shot questionnaire incorrectly identifies "normal" drinkers as hazardous drinkers 24 percent of the time. Take the Five-Shot Questionnaire Points for each answer are posted next to the answer. 1. How often do you have a drink containing alcohol? (0.0) Never(0.5) Monthly or less(1.0) Two to four times a month(1.5) Two to three times a week(2.0) Four or more times a week 2. How many drinks containing alcohol do you have on a typical day when you are drinking? (0.0) 1 or 2(0.5) 3 or 4(1.0) 5 or 6(1.5) 7 to 9(2.0) 10 or more 3. Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking? (0.0) No(1.0) Yes 4. Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking? (0.0) No(1.0) Yes 5. Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover? (0.0) No(1.0) Yes A score of 2.5 or greater indicates possible alcohol misuse and the need for further evaluation. Contact your healthcare provider. Short quizzes with very few questions to determine a patient's drinking level was designed to make a quick, initial evaluation in busy primary care offices where time constraints do not allow for a more lengthy, detailed evaluation. If the results of the short test indicate a drinking problem, the patient is usually given another appointment for a more detailed evaluation or referred to a specialist or a treatment program for further evaluation. 1 Source Verywell Mind uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. Seppä K, Lepistö J, Sillanaukee P. Five-shot questionnaire on heavy drinking. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 1998;22(8):1788-91. doi:10.1111/j.1530-0277.1998.tb03981.x Additional Reading By Buddy T Buddy T is an anonymous writer and founding member of the Online Al-Anon Outreach Committee with decades of experience writing about alcoholism. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Get Treatment for Addiction Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from partnerships from which Verywell Mind receives compensation.