Chapter 9. Scales for Research in the Addictions

  1. Peter G. Miller2,
  2. John Strang3,4 and
  3. Peter M. Miller5
  1. Shane Darke

Published Online: 16 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318852.ch9

Addiction Research Methods

Addiction Research Methods

How to Cite

Darke, S. (2010) Scales for Research in the Addictions, in Addiction Research Methods (eds P. G. Miller, J. Strang and P. M. Miller), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318852.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 2

    School of Psychology, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia

  2. 3

    National Addiction Centre Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, UK

  3. 4

    South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

  4. 5

    Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs, Medical University & South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA

Author Information

  1. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 2 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405176637

Online ISBN: 9781444318852



  • scales for research in addictions;
  • choice of instrumentation - research questions being asked;
  • Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST) - 20-item scale measuring presence of drug abuse problems;
  • Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST) - 24-item screening instrument detecting lifetime alcohol abuse;
  • frequency of substance use - measures of current consumption;
  • multi-dimensional scales;
  • Addiction Severity Index (ASI) - multi-dimensional structured interview;
  • Comprehensive Drinker Profile (CDP) - measuring lifetime drinking histories, drinking patterns and alcohol-related problems;
  • Composite International Diagnostic Instrument - Substance Abuse Module (CIDI-SAM) structured psychiatric interview;
  • State Trait Anxiety Index Inventory (STAI) - measure of current (state) and (trait) anxiety


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Screening instruments

  • Frequency of substance use

  • Multi-dimensional scales

  • Dependence

  • Psychopathology

  • Summary

  • References