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Adolescent Drinking Index

Adele V. Harrell, PhD, and Philip W. Wirtz, PhD

Measures the severity of adolescents' drinking problems
Paper and pencil
Age range:
12 years to 17 years
5 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

The ADI quickly assesses alcohol abuse in adolescents with psychological, emotional, or behavioral problems; identifies referred adolescents who need further alcohol abuse evaluation or treatment; and defines the type of drinking problem the adolescent is experiencing. The ADI can also help in developing treatment plans and recommendations.

Features and benefits

This 24-item rating scale measures the severity of drinking problems, differentiating between alcohol use considered to be normal in adolescent development and alcohol use that is not considered to be normal. ADI items focus on the problems that arise from alcohol use, not on the amount or the frequency of consumption. ADI items were selected to represent the four domains of problem drinking indicators: loss of control of drinking; social indicators; psychological indicators; and physical indicators.

Test structure

The ADI can be administered to individuals or groups by counselors, teachers, or others who work with adolescents. Adolescents with 5th-grade reading skills can complete the ADI, and scoring is quick and easy.

Technical information

The ADI is normed on three groups ages 12-17 years: adolescents in school, adolescents under evaluation for psychological problems, and adolescents in substance abuse programs. Internal consistency coefficients across adolescent samples are uniformly high, exceeding .90. The cutoff score has an 82% accuracy rate, and the ADI correlates .60 to .63 with the Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (MAST).

Note: The ADI Professional Manual is necessary for administration and scoring. PAR no longer carries the manual, but forms are still available.