Background and aim: Craving research have often seen debates over the qualities, and significance of the same in Alcohol Dependence Syndrome (ADS). Objective measures for intensity, frequency and characteristics of craving are widely used to understand and treat ADS, however, research has indicated a gap in the treatment. Hence, the study was undertaken to understand craving from a subjective perspective, with the aim of addressing the same in a cultural setting. Design: The study used a qualitative, phenomenological design. Participants: In-depth interviews were carried out for seven participants with ADS, currently abstinent. The sample belonged to the southern region of India. Findings: Data was subjected to thematic analysis, leading to two themes, “Determinants of experience” and “Course of experience,” along with 10 subthemes. Conclusion: Craving was found to be multidimensional, varying in qualities and influenced by the attitude toward craving itself.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Substance Use
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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