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Think you drink too much? Take this test

By William Brand
Saturday, January 26th, 2008 at 11:27 pm in Uncategorized.

beer-mug.jpgAre you concerned that you’re drinking too much, that it’s getting in your way, messing up how you live your life?
Wall Street Journal columnist Melinda Beck, who writes the weekly Health Journal column, last week wrote about problem drinking and while you have to be a subscriber to read the article, the author included a link to alcoholscreening.org, a self-test devised by Join Together, which is a project of the Boston University School of Public Health.

In a follow-up column this week, Beck prints this e-mail:

“The link to AlcoholScreening.org [that was published on WSJ.com] generated more than 8,000 completed screens. In the past, people who have screened themselves on AlcoholScreening.org have done so because they are concerned about their drinking. The people who came to the site as a result of your link seemed to have come for the same reason. We thought you might be interested in the results over the past couple of days:

The average age of people completing the screen was 36.

62% were male/38% female.

84% have binged (five or more drinks for men or four or more drinks for women on one occasion) in the past year.

9% received “Green Light” results, meaning that their drinking was in safe limits.

26% received a “Yellow Light.” While their screening results did not point to probable dependence, they had binged in the past year or they exceeded the recommended amounts for weekly consumption.

65% received a “Red Light, which means that their screening pointed to possible alcohol dependence.

All of these results are similar to the data we regularly collect.

Sincerely, Susan Aromaa, and Communications Manager, Join Together

You can take the test yourself. I did and discovered that although I occasionally have too much to drink, I’m within limits considered safe. Check it out. Follow this link.

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