Reliability and factor structure of the alcohol evaluation instrument

Robert C. Mcmahon, Robert S. Davidson, Andrea M. Tremaglio

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This study reports on the reliability and factor structure of an instrument called the ALCEVAL (Alcohol Evaluation Instrument). Results of this investigation reveal that the VA inpatient alcoholics in this study reported reliably on a variety of items on this structured self-report inventory. A factor analysis of reliable ALCEVAL items reveals that the instrument taps a variety of rather narrow dimensions pertaining to: onset and duration of drinking problems, family history, employment history, marital and family distress, and education and self-control of drinking behavior. Results of this investigation add to the growing body of research suggesting that the self-reports of alcoholics may be considered reliable particularly when obtained under standardized testing conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1155-1162
Number of pages8
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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