Temptations to Drink Instrument

Background:

This short form situational Temptations to Drink Scale was developed from an original 21-item inventory by Migneault.

Psychometrics:

This 12 item scale is made up of four sub-scales replicated and reduced from the original scale (peer pressure, social anxiety, negative affect, and positive/social situations )))).) Confirmatory factor results, internal and external validity, and high correlations with the original measures indicate that the short form was as psychometrically valid as the original measure.  Measures of external validity demonstrated the applicability of this measure to heavy drinking prevention programs.

Author of Tool:

Maddock, Jay.

Key references:

Maddock, J. E., Laforge, R. G., & Rossi, J. S. (1999). Short Forms of a Situational Temptations scale For Heavy, Episodic Drinking. Journal of Substance Abuse, 11, 281-8.

Primary use / Purpose:

This scale measures temptation for heavy, episodic drinking.

Temptations to Drink Instrument

Listed below are situations that can lead some people to drink a lot or more than they should. Select the answer that best corresponds to how tempted you are to drink a lot in the following situations

  • 1. Not at all Tempted
  • 2. Not Very Tempted
  • 3. Somewhat Tempted
  • 4. Very Tempted
  • 5. Extremely Tempted

1. When I am excited
2. When I am with others who are drinking a lot
3. When I am really happy
4. When I am feeling depressed
5. When other people encourage me to have a drink
6. When I am very anxious and stressed
7. When I am offered a drink by someone
8. When I am feeling angry
9. When things are going really well for me
10. When I am anxious about sex
11. When I am feeling shy
12. When I am nervous about being socially outgoing

Scores from these 12 items can be summed to compute a global temptations scale.
Four subscales exist for this scale:
Peer Pressure: Items 2,5,7
Negative Affect: 4,6,8
Positive/Social: 1,3,9
Social Anxiety: 10,11,12

Citations:

Maddock, J. E., Laforge, R. G., & Rossi, J. S. (2000). Short Forms of a Situational Temptations scale For Heavy, Episodic Drinking. Journal of Substance Abuse, 11, 281-288.

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.