Severity of Alcohol Dependence Questionnaire

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The Severity of Alcohol Dependence Questionnaire (SADQ or SAD-Q) is a 20 item clinical screening tool designed to measure the presence and level of alcohol dependence.[1]

It is divided into five sections:

  • Physical withdrawal symptoms
  • Affective withdrawal symptoms
  • Craving and relief drinking
  • Typical daily consumption
  • Reinstatement of dependence after a period of abstinence.[2]

Each item is scored on a 4-point scale, giving a possible range of 0 to 60. A score of over 30 indicates severe alcohol dependence.[3]

Some local clinical guidelines use the SADQ to predict the levels of medication needed during alcohol detoxification.[4]

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  1. ^ Stockwell T, Murphy D, Hodgson R (1983). "The severity of alcohol dependence questionnaire: Its use, reliability and validity". British Journal of Addiction. 78 (2): 45–156. doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.1983.tb05502.x. PMID 6135435.
  2. ^ Raistrick, D, Heather N, Godfrey C (2006). "Review of the Effectiveness of Treatment for Alcohol Problems" (PDF). London: National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
  3. ^ "Severity of Alcohol Dependence Questionnaire (SADQ) sample" (PDF). NIAAA. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 18, 2006. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
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