This website is a service provided by
Join Together, a national project of the Boston University School of
Join Together also operates
AlcoholScreening.org, a sibling website providing more intensive
assessment and feedback on alcohol consumption. AlcoholScreening.org and
DrugScreening.org were developed with clinical consultation from medical
faculty at Boston University School of Medicine.
This website does not provide a diagnosis of alcohol/drug abuse or dependence.
It cannot tell people for certain whether or not they have a problem. Rather,
DrugScreening.org is a self-screening tool to help adults assess their own drug
and alcohol use, and find out their likely risk level for experiencing harms to
their health or other negative consequences. Through education and referral, it
urges those whose drug and alcohol use is likely to be harmful or hazardous to
seek further evaluation from a qualified professional.
Drug and alcohol misuse and dependence are major public health problems,
resulting in more than 100,000 deaths per year in the United States and costing
the healthcare system billions of dollars annually. Drug and alcohol problems
are a major cause of injuries, violent crime, lost productivity at work and
school, family and social problems, injuries, and disease.
Scientific research has shown that screening and brief intervention (SBI) can
be effective in prompting people whose substance use is risky or harmful to
reduce their use, stop, and/or seek treatment. Research to date on
Internet-based SBI, while preliminary, points to significant potential to
effectively reach many more individuals than can be physically screened in
health care settings and other offline encounters. While no online tool can
take the place of individual advice from a qualified professional, online
screening is a valuable guide for understanding one's drug and alcohol use and
the potential health issues involved with it.
The assessment questionnaire used on this website is based on the
Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST),
developed by the World Health Organization to screen for harmful or hazardous
Support for the maintenance of this website is paid for in part by an
unrestricted educational grant from Reckitt Benckiser and by support from the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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