College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Cross-Cultural Evaluation of Two Drinking Assessment Instruments: Alcohol Timeline Followback and Inventory of Drinking Situations

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2001

Keywords

Cross-Cultural, Alcohol Abusers, Timeline Followback, Inventory of Drinking Situations

Publication Title

Substance Use and Misuse

ISSN

1082-6084

Volume

36

Issue/No.

3

Abstract

This article describes the psychometric characteristics of two major assessment instruments used in a World Health Organization (WHO) clinical trial: (a) Alcohol Timeline Followback (TLFB, which assesses daily drinking patterns), and (b) Inventory of Drinking Situations (IDS, which assesses antecedents to “heavy” drinking). Clients (N=308) were outpatient alcohol abusers from four countries (Australia, Canada, Mexico, and Sweden). Generally, the Alcohol TLFB and IDS were shown to be reliable and valid with outpatient alcohol abusers in four countries, and in three languages. These results suggest that the Alcohol TLFB and the IDS can be used in clinical and research settings with Swedish-, Spanish-, and English-speaking alcohol abusers.

DOI

10.1081/JA-100102628