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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 222-227

Brief Addiction Rating Scale (Bars) For Alchoholics : Description and Reliabilty


1 Additional Professor of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Hosur Road, Bangalore-560 029, India
2 Senior Resident, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Hosur Road, Bangalore-560 029, India
3 Junior Resident, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Hosur Road, Bangalore-560 029, India
4 Additional Professor of Biostatistics, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Hosur Road, Bangalore-560 029, India
5 Associate Professor of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Hosur Road, Bangalore-560 029, India

Correspondence Address:
N Janakiramaiah
Additional Professor of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Hosur Road, Bangalore-560 029
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There is a need for a short instrument to assess the multiple areas of dysfunction as well as drinking dyscontrol in alcoholics. The Brief Addiction Rating Scale (BARS), covering 10 areas of functioning has been developed to meet this need. This report describes the rationale and development of this new scale. A high interrater reliability (0.9) on all the items of the scale and the ease of administration justify its clinical and research use.



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