Alcohol (and Drugs) Decisional Balance Scale
THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS MAY PLAY A PART IN MAKING A DECISION ABOUT USING ALCOHOL (AND DRUGS).
HOW IMPORTANT IS EACH STATEMENT TO YOU AT THE PRESENT TIME IN RELATION TO MAKING A DECISION:
|1 = Not important at all|
2 = Slightly important
3 = Moderately important
4 = Very important
5 = Extremely important
|PLEASE READ EACH STATEMENT AND CIRCLE THE NUMBER ON THE RIGHT TO INDICATE HOW YOU RATE ITS LEVEL OF IMPORTANCE AS IT RELATES TO YOUR MAKING A DECISION ABOUT WHETHER TO DRINK (OR USE DRUGS) AT THE PRESENT TIME.|
|How important is this to me?||Importance in making a decision about drinking:|
|Not At All||Slightly||Moderately||Very||Extremely|
|1.||My drinking (drug use) causes problems with others.||1||2||3||4||5|
|2.||I like myself better when I am drinking (using drugs).||1||2||3||4||5|
|3.||Because I continue to drink (use drugs) some people think I lack the character to quit.||1||2||3||4||5|
|4.||Drinking (drug use) helps me deal with problems.||1||2||3||4||5|
|5.||Having to lie to others about my drinking (drug use) bothers me.||1||2||3||4||5|
|6.||Some people try to avoid me when I drink (use drugs).||1||2||3||4||5|
|7.||Drinking (drug use) helps me to have fun and socialize.||1||2||3||4||5|
|8.||Drinking (drug use) interferes with my functioning at home or/and at work.||1||2||3||4||5|
|9.||Drinking (drug use) makes me more of a fun person.||1||2||3||4||5|
|10.||Some people close to me are disappointed in me because of my drinking (drug use).||1||2||3||4||5|
|11.||Drinking (drug use) helps me to loosen up and express myself.||1||2||3||4||5|
|12.||I seem to get myself into trouble when drinking (using drugs).||1||2||3||4||5|
|13.||I could accidentally hurt someone because of my drinking (drug use).||1||2||3||4||5|
|14.||Not drinking (using drugs) at a social gathering would make me feel too different.||1||2||3||4||5|
|15.||I am losing the trust and respect of my coworkers and/or spouse because of my drinking (drug use).||1||2||3||4||5|
|16.||My drinking (drug use) helps give me energy and keeps me going.||1||2||3||4||5|
|17.||I am more sure of myself when I am drinking (using drugs).||1||2||3||4||5|
|18.||I am setting a bad example for others with my drinking (drug use).||1||2||3||4||5|
|19.||Without alcohol (illegal drugs), my life would be dull and boring.||1||2||3||4||5|
|20.||People seem to like me better when I am drinking (using drugs).||1||2||3||4||5|
Pros of drinking (drug use) are items: 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20.
Cons of drinking (drug use) are items: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 18.
To get the average number of pros endorsed, add up the total number of points from the items and divide by 10. Example: Pros of drinking (drug use) = Sum of items (2+4+7+9+11+14+16+17+19+20) divided by 10.
To get the average number of cons endorsed, add up the total number of points from the items and divide by 10. Example: Cons of drinking (drug use) = Sum of items (1+3+5+6+8+10+12+13+15+18) divided by 10.