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Table 1 Descriptive statistics and reliability information on the alcohol and drug abuse and dependence scales

From: Substance abuse, treatment needs and access among female sex workers and non-sex workers in Pretoria, South Africa

Scale Item (When was the last time that...) Mean SD Reliability
Overall Alcohol Abuse & Dependency 34.19 8.97 0.8
Overall Drug Abuse & Dependency 43.77 10.81 0.9
Alcohol Abuse 12.23 3.34 0.7
You kept using alcohol even though you knew it was keeping you from meeting your responsibilities? 2.70 1.28  
You used alcohol where it made the situation unsafe or dangerous for you, or where you might have been forced into sex or hurt? 2.98 1.23  
Your alcohol use caused you to have problems with the law? 3.43 1.03  
You kept using alcohol even after you knew it could get you into fights or other kinds of legal trouble? 3.12 1.21  
Alcohol Dependence 19.42 5.89 0.8
You needed more alcohol to get the same high or found that the same amount did not get you as high as it used to? 2.69 1.33  
You had withdrawal problems from alcohol like shaking hands, throwing up, having trouble sitting still or sleeping, or that you used any alcohol to stop from being sick or avoid withdrawal problems? 2.88 1.32  
You used alcohol in larger amounts, more often, or for a longer time than you meant to? 2.55 1.32  
You were unable to cut down or stop using alcohol? 2.43 1.32  
You spent a lot of time either getting alcohol, using alcohol, or feeling the effects of alcohol (high, sick)? 2.85 1.32  
Your use of alcohol caused you to give up, reduce, or have problems at important activities? 2.99 1.28  
You kept using alcohol even after you knew it was causing or adding to medical, psychological, or emotional problems? 3.04 1.30  
Drug Abuse 14.03 3.15 0.8
You kept using drugs even though you knew it was keeping you from meeting your responsibilities? 3.33 1.15  
You used alcohol or drugs where it made the situation unsafe or dangerous for you, or where you might have been forced into sex or hurt? 3.42 1.09  
Your drug use caused you to have problems with the law (police)? 3.71 0.79  
You kept using drugs even after you knew it could get you into fights or other kinds of legal trouble? 3.57 0.97  
Drug Dependence 23.39 6.50 0.9
You needed more drugs to get the same high or found that the same amount did not get you as high as it used to? 3.36 1.15  
You had withdrawal problems from drugs like shaking hands, throwing up, having trouble sitting still or sleeping, or that you used any drugs to stop from being sick or avoid withdrawal problems? 3.34 1.19  
You used drugs in larger amounts, more often, or for a longer time than you meant to? 3.26 1.21  
You were unable to cut down or stop using drugs? 3.15 1.27  
You spent a lot of time either getting drugs, using drugs, or feeling the effects of drugs (high, sick)? 3.36 1.16  
Your use of drugs caused you to give up, reduce, or have problems at important activities? 3.47 1.06  
You kept using drugs even after you knew it was causing or adding to medical, psychological, or emotional problems? 3.45 1.08