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The FAST Test
1. How often do you have eight or more drinks on one occasion?
__ Never __ Less Than Monthly __ Monthly __ Weekly __ Daily or Almost Daily
2. How often during the last year have youbeen unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?
__ Never __ Less Than Monthly __ Monthly __ Weekly __ Daily or Almost Daily
3. How often during the last yearhave you failed to do what was normally expected of you because of your drinking?
__ Never __ Less Than Monthly __ Monthly __ Weekly __ Daily or Almost Daily
4. Has a relative or friend, a doctor orother health worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down?
__ No __ Yes, but not in the last year. __ Yes in the last year.
Scoring the FAST Test
Score questions 1, 2 and 3 asfollows:
* Never -- 0 points
* Less than monthly -- 1 point
* Monthly -- 2 points
* Weekly -- 3 points
* Daily or almost daily -- 4 points
Score question 4 as follows:
*No -- 0 points
* Yes, but not in the last year -- 2 points
* Yes, in the last year -- 4 points
The maximum score is 16. A total score of 3 indicates hazardous drinking.
If a person answer"never" on the first question, he or she is not a hazardous drinker and the remaining questions are not necessary.
If a person answers "weekly" or "daily or almost daily" on the first question, he orshe is considered a hazardous drinker and the rest of the questions are skipped.
If a person answers "monthly" or "less than monthly" to the first question, the other three questions are needed tocomplete the screening for hazardous drinking.
Sources:
National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse. Assessing Alcohol Problems - A Guide for Clinicians and Researchers, Second Edition. 2003.Alcohol Concern."Primary Care Alcohol Information Service." Retrieved 2007.

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