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?
you ever feel Guilty about your drinking?
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.
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 ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD – Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD – Psychiatry Christine R. Maldonado, PhD – Behavioral Health