Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 275–285 | Cite as

Social, psychological and physical consequences of pathological gambling in Sweden

  • Cecilia Bergh
  • Eckart Kühlhorn


Social, psychological and physical consequences of pathological gambling reported by 42 pathological gamblers recruited mainly by advertising were compared with data on 63 pathological gamblers identified by case-finding within districts of probation, in- and out-patient psychiatric care and social welfare authorities. The two studies gave similar results. Financial breakdown, impaired relations with family and friends, and psychological problems occurred in about 50% of the pathological gamblers. Physical consequences were perceived to be of minor significance. Gambling became a solitary behavior as illegal behaviors to finance gambling increased. The pathological gamblers frequently abused alcohol. Despite these signs of social decay the pathological gamblers strove not to be a burden in society.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cecilia Bergh
    • 1
  • Eckart Kühlhorn
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Clinical NeuroscienceKarolinska InstituteSweden
  2. 2.University of StockholmSweden

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