Assessments for Alcoholism
There are ways to assess someone’s drinking habits which will help determine if the person is an alcoholic or not. This can be done by a family physician or experienced and trained treatment provider. These professionals are skilled at reviewing the results of assessments and using them to determine how much treatment a person needs. There are also self-assessment quizzes an individual can take at home, or family members can administer, to help determine how significant the alcohol use is. It is important to take the assessment to the doctor so he or she can arrive at the most accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Accuracy of Alcohol Dependence Tests and Professional Review
Theses assessment tools or screeners are devised to be quick, easy, and cheap. In meeting those three criteria, they obviously won’t be thorough or exact. Their only goal is to let you know probable concern exists and warrants a more thorough evaluation by a professional to determine if a life-threatening problem truly exists.
Of course, assessments are based on a person’s answers to various questions, and are influenced by the person’s perception. In other words, an assessment is only accurate if the person is honest. Someone who lies to cover up their problem will come out with a seemingly clean assessment, and the professional won’t recommend any treatment. But if a person is honest with their answers, these assessments can be quite accurate.
Likewise, self-tests might tell someone they have a problem, but if that person does not tell anyone about the results or seek help, the test is ineffective. In order for someone to benefit from taking the test, they need to be willing to share their results with a professional and accept the recommended treatment strategy based on the more thorough professional evaluation.
It is important to have an alcohol abuse assessment reviewed by a professional. Someone who has experience dealing with alcoholism will be able to
- professionally diagnose the condition so it is officially in the your medical health records, and
- prescribe the intensity and types of treatment which will be most effective for helping you re-gain control of your life and not let alcohol gain stronger control.
Always consult a professional when you suspect an alcohol use disorder in yourself or a loved one. It very well could save a life and impact the lives that person touches.