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A Guide for Clinicians and Researchers
Second Edition

NIH Publication No. 03–3745
Revised 2003

John P. Allen, Ph.D.
Veronica B. Wilson

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Public Health Service
National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

The material contained in this publication was provided by the chapter authors and does not necessarily represent the opinions, official policy, or position of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) or any other part of the Department of Health and Human Services.


NIAAA has obtained permission from the authors and/or copyright holders to reproduce all of the instruments appearing in this volume. Further reproduction of the instruments identified as copyrighted in the text is prohibited without specific permission of the copyright holders. Before reprinting, readers are advised to determine the copyright status of the instruments or to secure the permission of the authors and/or copyright holders. All other material in this volume is in the public domain and may be used or reproduced without permission from the Institute or the authors. Citation of the source is appreciated.

The U.S. Government does not endorse or favor any specific commercial product or company. Trade, proprietary, or company names appearing in this publication are used only because they are considered essential in the context of the studies reported herein.


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Abbreviations and Acronyms [PDF]

Introduction [PDF]

   John P. Allen


Assessment of Alcohol Problems: An Overview [PDF]
   John P. Allen
Quick–Reference Instrument Guide [PDF]


Self–Report Screening for Alcohol Problems Among Adults [PDF]
   Gerard J. Connors and Robert J. Volk
Biomarkers of Heavy Drinking [PDF]
   John P. Allen, Pekka Sillanaukee, Nuria Strid, and Raye Z. Litten


Diagnosis [PDF]
   Stephen A. Maisto, James R. McKay, and Stephen T. Tiffany

Assessment of Drinking Behavior

Alcohol Consumption Measures [PDF]
   Linda C. Sobell and Mark B. Sobell

Adolescent Assessment

Assessment of Alcohol and Other Drug Use Behaviors Among Adolescents [PDF]
   Ken C. Winters

Treatment Planning

Assessment To Aid in the Treatment Planning Process [PDF]
   Dennis M. Donovan

Treatment and Process Assessment

Assessing Treatment and Treatment Processes [PDF]
   John W. Finney

Outcome Evaluation

Applied Issues in Treatment Outcome Assessment [PDF]
   J. Scott Tonigan


Instrument Fact Sheets [PDF]


The following panel members expended tremendous effort in reviewing and selecting instruments for inclusion, writing and critiquing chapters, and offering valuable advice on the form and content of the volume. The quality of the finished product reflects their professionalism, commitment, and energy.

Panel Members

Gerard J. Connors, Ph.D.
Research Institute on Addictions
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York

Dennis M. Donovan, Ph.D.
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, and Department
of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

John W. Finney, Ph.D.
Center for Health Care Evaluation Department
of Veterans Affairs and Stanford University Medical Center
Palo Alto, California

Stephen A. Maisto, Ph.D., ABPP (Clinical)
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York

Pekka Sillanaukee, Ph.D.
Tampere University Hospital, Research Unit,
and Tampere University, Medical School
Tampere, Finland

Linda C. Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP
Nova Southeastern University
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Stephen T. Tiffany, Ph.D.
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

J. Scott Tonigan, Ph.D.
Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions (CASAA)
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Robert J. Volk, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

Ken C. Winters, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota



John P. Allen, Ph.D., M.P.A.
Scientific Consultant to NIAAA

Raye Z. Litten, Ph.D.
Chief, Treatment Research Branch
Division of Clinical and Prevention Research

Joanne B. Fertig, Ph.D.

Veronica B. Wilson
Handbook Coordinator

Octavia T. Weatherspoon
Assistant Coordinator

Prepared: August 2004