Topic Overview

The CAGE questionnaire is used to test for alcohol
use problems and
dependence 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

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 problem, talk with a health professional.
Further evaluation by a trained alcohol use problem counselor might be needed.

Related Information



  1. Saitz R, et al. (2003). Addressing alcohol problems in primary care: A cluster randomized, controlled trial of a systems intervention. Annals of Internal Medicine, 138: 372-382.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Lisa S. Weinstock, MD – Psychiatry
Christine R. Maldonado, PhD – Behavioral Health

Current as ofOctober 9, 2017