The Young Adult Alcohol Consequences Questionnaire (YAACQ)

The Young Adult Alcohol Consequences Questionnaire (YAACQ) assesses consequences from drinking with a 67-item measure. Items assess eight domains of consequences, all of which load on a single, higher-order consequences factor. Response options are rated dichotomously (yes/no) to indicate whether that consequence has been experienced in the time period of interest (e.g. past month, past 6 months, past year).


Items are summed for each subscale and a total score. There are no reverse coded items. Higher score = more consequences from drinking.


Social/Interpersonal (SOC) (e.g., “I have become very rude, obnoxious or insulting after drinking”) 1, 14, 22, 28, 42, 45
Academic/Occupational (OC) (e.g., “I have neglected my obligations to family, work, or school because of my drinking”) 2, 11, 20, 36, 52
Risky Behavior (RISK) (e.g., “I have taken foolish risks when I have been drinking”) 4, 9, 17, 24, 32, 38, 40, 61
Impaired Control (CON) (e.g., “I often drank more than I originally had planned.”) 13, 19, 37, 39, 53, 62
Poor Self-Care (SELFC) (e.g., “I have been less physically active because of drinking”) 25, 26, 43, 44, 49, 51, 58, 64
Diminished Self-Perception (SELFP) (e.g., “I have felt badly about myself because of my drinking”) 3, 15, 23, 67
Blackout Drinking (BLK) (e.g., “I have awakened the day after drinking and found that I could not remember a part of the evening before”) 5, 8, 10, 29, 41, 48, 66
Physiological Dependence (DEP) (e.g., “I have felt anxious, agitated, or restless after stopping or cutting down on drinking”) 21, 27, 31, 54



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Read, J. P., Kahler, C. W., Strong, D. R., Colder, C. R. (2006). Development and Preliminary Validation of the Young Adult Alcohol Consequences Questionnaire. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 67 (1), 169-177.

Read, J. P., Merrill, J. E., Kahler, C. W., & Strong, D. R. (2007). Predicting functional outcomes among college drinkers: Reliability and predictive validity of the Young Adult Alcohol Consequences Questionnaire. Addictive Behaviors, 32(11), 2597-2610.