How important to you are the following statements in your decisions about how much to drink or if not to drink at all.
1 = Not at all Important
2 = Not Very Important
3 = Somewhat Important
4 = Very Important
5 = Extremely Important
Pros of Drinking
Cons of Drinking
Scoring for this instrument entails summing the pros and cons items separately to obtain two scale scores.
Note: This instrument has been developed on non-dependent drinkers and should not be used with dependent populations until further psychometric validations have been conducted. Information regarding the reliability and validity of this instrument can be obtained from Dr. Maddock.
Maddock, J. E. (1997). Development and Validation of Decisional Balance and Processes of Change Inventories for Heavy, Episodic Drinking. University of Rhode Island. Unpublished Master’s Thesis.
Laforge, R. G., Maddock, J. E., & Rossi, J. S. (1999). Replication of the temptations and decisional balance instruments for heavy, episodic drinking on an adult sample. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 21, S67 (Abstract).