The CAGE questionnaire is used to test for alcohol use disorder in adults. It is not used to diagnose the disease but only to show whether a problem might exist.
The CAGE questionnaire consists of four questions that relate to your use of alcohol:footnote 1
- Have you ever felt that you ought to Cut down on your drinking?
- Do you get Annoyed by criticism of your drinking?
- Do you ever feel Guilty about your drinking?
- Do you ever take an Early-morning drink (eye-opener) to get the day started or to get rid of a hangover ("a little hair of the dog that bit you")?
If you answer "yes," "sometimes," or "often" to 2 or more of the questions, you might have a problem with alcohol. If you think you or someone you care about has an alcohol use disorder, talk with a health professional. Further evaluation by a trained alcohol use disorder counselor might be needed.
Current as ofFebruary 5, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Lisa S. Weinstock MD - Psychiatry
Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as of: February 5, 2019