The CAGE Questionnaire

The CAGE Questionnaire for alcohol – self assessment tool

 Scoring is 0 for "no" and 1 for "yes".   A total score of 2 or greater is considered indicative of an alcohol or drug problem.

  1. Have you ever felt you should Cut down on your drinking?
  2. Have people Annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
  3. Have you felt bad or Guilty about your drinking?
  4. Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves
    or get rid of a hangover (Eye-opener)

This is not designed to provide a diagnosis. It is a screening tool and a high score suggests the need for further and full evaluation.


  1. Ewing JA.Detecting AlcoholismThe CAGE Questionnaire. JAMA 1984;252:1905-1907