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The Short Alcohol Dependence Data Questionnaire

Instructions: 

The following questions cover a wide range of topics having to do with drinking.  Please read each question carefully, but do not think too much about its exact meaning.  Think about your most recent drinking habits and answer each question by using the criteria listed below. Use a sheet of paper and write numbers from 1 through 15 and write your answer next to the number of the question.


1.  Do you find difficulty in getting the thought of drinking out of your mind?
    Never        Sometimes       Often           Nearly Always

2.  Is getting drunk more important than your next meal?
    Never        Sometimes       Often           Nearly Always

3.  Do you plan your day around when and where you can drink?
    Never        Sometimes       Often           Nearly Always

4.  Do you drink in the morning, afternoon, and evening?
    Never        Sometimes       Often           Nearly Always


5.  Do you drink for the effect of alcohol without caring what the drink is?
    Never        Sometimes       Often           Nearly Always

6.  Do you drink as much as you want irrespective of what you are doing the next day?
    Never        Sometimes       Often           Nearly Always

7.  Given that many problems might be caused by alcohol, do you still drink too much?
    Never        Sometimes       Often           Nearly Always

8.  Do you know that you won't be able to stop drinking once you start?
    Never        Sometimes       Often           Nearly Always

9.  Do you try to control your drinking by giving it up completely for days or weeks at a time?
    Never        Sometimes       Often           Nearly Always

10.  The morning after a heavy drinking session do you need your first drink to get yourself going?
     Never        Sometimes       Often           Nearly Always


11.  The morning after a heavy drinking session do you wake up with a definite shakiness of your hands?
    Never        Sometimes       Often           Nearly Always

12.  After a heavy drinking session do you wake up and retch or vomit?
    Never        Sometimes       Often           Nearly Always


13.  The morning after a heavy drinking session do you go out of your way to avoid people?
    Never        Sometimes       Often           Nearly Always

14.  After a heavy drinking session do you see frightening things that later you realize were imaginary?
    Never        Sometimes       Often           Nearly Always


15.  Do you go drinking and the next day and find that you have forgotten what happened the night before?
    Never        Sometimes       Often           Nearly Always

Scoring:
To figure out your score, give yourself zero points for each "never" answer; one point for "sometimes," two points for "often," and three points for "nearly always."  Out of a possible total of 45, the guidelines for interpretation are as follows:  1-9 is considered low dependence; 10-19, medium dependence; and 20 (or greater) high dependence.