Alcohol Misuse in a Treatment-Seeking Sample of Pathological Gamblers

Authors

  • Emmert Roberts National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London, London, UK; South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK ; National Problem Gambling Clinic, Central and North West London National Health Service Foundation Trust, London, UK
  • Venetia Leonidaki National Problem Gambling Clinic, Central and North West London National Health Service Foundation Trust, London, UK
  • Zoe Delaney National Problem Gambling Clinic, Central and North West London National Health Service Foundation Trust, London, UK
  • Henrietta Bowden- Jones National Problem Gambling Clinic, Central and North West London National Health Service Foundation Trust, London, UK

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4309/jgi.2021.48.10

Abstract

We aimed to estimate the prevalence of alcohol misuse and examine its relationship with gambling severity and psychological distress in a UK treatment-seeking sample of pathological gamblers. Approximately one in four patients (27.1%) scored X 8 on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) screening tool indicating alcohol misuse, and one in four (28.1%) reported abstinence. There was no evidence of an association between alcohol misuse and gambling severity or psychological distress level. Compared to the UK general population a significantly higher proportion demonstrated probable alcohol dependence (1.2% vs. 6.3%, p < 0.001).

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Published

2021-09-23

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Brief Report & Replication Papers