Alcohol Use Inventory
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Alcohol Use Inventory


Overview: Assessment of patterns of behavior, attitudes, and symptoms associated with alcohol use and abuse.

Age Range: Individuals 16 years and older

Reading Level: 6th Grade

Administration: Paper-and-pencil or computer administration; 35–60 minutes (228 items)

Norms: 1,200 individuals who had been admitted to a public, inpatient alcohol treatment program

Publication Date: 1986


Product Details

The Alcohol Use Inventory (AUI) provides a basis for describing different ways in which individuals use alcohol, the benefits they derive from such use, the negative consequences associated with its use, and the degree of concern individuals express about the use of alcohol and its consequences.

How to Use This Test

The AUI test can be used by psychologists, social workers, chemical dependency counselors, and physicians to help:

  • Differentiate drinking styles and develop individual treatment plans
  • Provide an objective assessment of alcohol-related problems
  • Identify treatment-relevant classification of alcohol abusers based on DSM-IV® classifications

Key Features

  • The AUI test's multidimensional approach can help the substance-abuse professional tailor a treatment plan to a clients specific problems.
  • The self-report format of the AUI test enables substance-abuse professionals to compare an individual's perceptions about his or her use of alcohol with the interviewer's perceptions and those of family members and others.


Primary Scales

  • Benefits
    SOCIALIM - Drink to improve sociability
    MENTALIM - Drink to improve mental functioning
    MANGMOOD - Drinking helps to manage moods
    MARICOPE - Drinking follows marital problems
  • Styles
    GREGARUS - Gregarious drinking versus solo
    COMPULSV - Compulsive drinking
    SUSTAIND - Sustained versus periodic drinking
  • Consequences
    LCONTROL - Loss of control over behavior when drinking
    ROLEMALA - Social role maladaption
    DELIRIUM - Psychoperceptual withdrawal
    HANGOVER - Psychophysical withdrawal
    MARIPROB - Drinking causes marital problems
  • Concerns and Acknowledgments
    QUANTITY - Quantity of daily use when drinking
    GUILTWOR - Guilt and worry associated with drinking
    HELPBEFR - Prior attempts to deal with drinking
    RECEPTIV - Readiness for help
    AWARENES - Awareness of drinking problem

Second-Order Factor Scales

  • ENHANCED - Drinking to enhance functioning
  • OBSESSED - Obsessive, sustained drinking
  • DISRUPT1 - Uncontrolled life disruption due to drinking: directly stated
  • DISRUPT2 - Uncontrolled life disruption due to drinking: indirectly stated
  • ANXCONCN - Anxiety related to drinking
  • RECPAWAR - Acknowledgment and awareness of use problem

General Alcohol Involvement

  • ALCINVOL - Broad involvement with alcohol

Psychometric Information

1,200 individuals who had been admitted to a public, inpatient alcohol treatment program


Report Options

Profile Report (Product Number 51426)

Provides a graph of the respondent"s scores with a summary of data on the client"s use of alcohol and drugs.

View a sample Profile Report.

Interpretive Report (Product Number 51425)

An easy-to-read profile of scores for the 24 scales is accompanied by a narrative interpretation of scores, treatment recommendations and suggestions for further evaluation.

View a sample Inpatient Interpretive Report.
View a sample Outpatient Interpretive Report.

Scoring and/or Reporting Options

Mail-in Scoring Service - Specially designed answer sheets are mailed to Pearson for processing within 24–48 hours of receipt; results returned via regular mail.

Manual Scoring - Administer assessments on answer sheets and score them quickly yourself with an answer key.



Frequently asked questions follow. Click on a question to see the response.

Test Content

  • Is the AUI appropriate with a DUI population?

    Because the purpose of the AUI is to assess the drinking styles of problem drinkers, DUI (Driving Under the Influence) subjects might not fall into this category. Individuals convicted of DUI tend to have a lower profile and their results should be interpreted with caution.

  • How does the AUI compare with the MAC scale on the MMPI®-2 instrument?

    These two measures were constructed to assess different things. The AUI measures drinking styles of known drinkers, whereas the MAC scale measures addiction potential.

  • Is the Alcohol Dependent Scale found in one of the scales on the AUI?

    Yes, Disrupt 1 (D1). Disrupt 1 measures psychophysical aspects as well as disruptions in the person's work, family, and community relations.

  • Does the AUI provide information on drug use?

    The AUI deals primarily with alcohol use. However, the AUI does give some indication of the subject's reported use and perceptions of the following drugs: caffeine, nicotine, marijuana/hashish, tranquilizers, barbiturates, amphetamines, cocaine, opiates, and hallucinogens.


  • Can the AUI be used for repeated measurement purposes?

    The AUI is not appropriate for pre- and post-treatment administration because of the historical nature of many of the assessment's questions. However, the AUI can be used in an outcomes measurement program to establish a baseline of information.


  • What does an asterisk next to a score on the report indicate?

    It indicates that one or more items on the scale were omitted or had multiple responses. The score is highlighted because the decile rank may be an underestimate.

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This product has been discontinued as of December 31, 2014.  Paper-based inventory will continue to be sold until existing stock depletes.  Please note that we cannot guarantee availability of any item.

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