Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 179–192 | Cite as

Prevalence surveys of problem and pathological gambling in Europe: The cases of Germany, Holland and Spain

  • Elisardo Beco¯na


In the 1960s and 1970s, many European countries legalized several forms of gambling, especially slot machines, lotteries, casinos and bingo, in order to control illegal gambling and to obtain tax revenues for government. In this paper, we examine the status of research on problem and pathological gambling in three European countries: Germany, Holland and Spain. The results of the studies as well as the relationship between these studies and the expanding gaming industries, attitudes toward gambling in the general population, and the regulation and control of gaming in each country are discussed.


General Population European Country Pathological Gambling Slot Machine Prevalence Survey 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elisardo Beco¯na
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  1. 1.Faculty of Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology and PsychobiologyUniversity of Santiago de CompostelaGaliciaSpain

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