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Measuring alcohol craving in Saudi Arabia with possible implications for social work intervention

Authors


Abdulaziz Albrithen, Department of Social Studies, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2456 Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia

E-mail: aziz88@hotmail.co.uk

Abstract

It is only in recent times that there has been recognition of alcohol abuse in Saudi Arabia, and social, psychological and health implications are now acknowledged. This study measured craving among Saudi alcoholics and compared it with the levels of alcohol they consumed. The study used an instrument for measuring craving (Alcohol Craving Questionnaire) after identifying the subjects by means of a demographical questionnaire and testing their level of alcohol use by means of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test. The study concludes that all Saudi alcoholics experience levels of craving. The overall results of both scales indicate that all patients can be considered to be alcoholics and that they experience various levels of craving for alcohol.

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