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