Internet gambling, health, smoking and alcohol use: findings from the 2007 British Gambling Prevalence Survey

Griffiths, M., Wardle, H. , Orford, J., Sproston, K. and Erens, B. (2011) Internet gambling, health, smoking and alcohol use: findings from the 2007 British Gambling Prevalence Survey. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 9(1), pp. 1-11. (doi: 10.1007/s11469-009-9246-9)

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Abstract

This study provides analysis of a representative national sample of Internet gamblers. Using participant data from the 2007 British Gambling Prevalence Survey (n = 9003 adults aged 16 years and over), all participants who had gambled online, bet online, and/or who had used a betting exchange in the last 12 months (6% of the total sample) were compared with all other gamblers who had not gambled via the Internet (62% of the sample). Results showed that Internet gambling and non-Internet gambling had a significant association with smoking (nicotine) and drinking (alcohol). Self-reported general health status was not significantly associated with Internet gambling but was significantly associated with offline gambling. Analysis of DSM-IV scores showed that problem gambling prevalence rate was significantly higher among Internet gamblers than non-Internet gamblers (5% versus 0.5%) and that Internet gamblers were significantly more likely to endorse individual DSM-IV items compared to non-Internet gamblers.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wardle, Dr Heather
Authors: Griffiths, M., Wardle, H., Orford, J., Sproston, K., and Erens, B.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1557-1874
ISSN (Online):1557-1882
Published Online:15 September 2009

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