Journal of gambling behavior

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 248–256 | Cite as

The future of gambling research—Learning from the lessons of alcoholism

  • Mark Dickerson


Some common elements in the development of the illness models of alcoholism and pathological gambling are traced. It is argued that despite strong historical parallels the gambling research literature has avoided the destructive polemics that have surrounded the erosion of the medical model of alcoholism. None-the-less it is concluded that future research into gambling will benefit from following the recent alcohol research developments particularly with regard to studying excessive gambling, not in isolated clinical populations, but in the cultural, social and legal context of all who gamble.


Alcohol Research Literature Pathological Gambling Clinical Population Research Development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Dickerson
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  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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