What is the Severity of Alcohol Dependence Questionnaire?

Introduction

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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