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 5 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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- Raistrick, D, Heather N & Godfrey C (2006) "Review of the Effectiveness of Treatment for Alcohol Problems" National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, London http://www.nta.nhs.uk/publications/documents/nta_review_of_the_effectiveness_of_treatment_for_alcohol_problems_fullreport_2006_alcohol2.pdf