Gambling Problems and Attempted Suicide: Part II—Alcohol Abuse Increases Suicide Risk

  • Alison Penfold
  • Simon Hatcher
  • Sean Sullivan
  • Nicola Collins


Alcohol misuse is commonly associated with problem gambling and suicide attempts. This study included seventy patients admitted to an Auckland (New Zealand) hospital immediately following a suicide attempt. The first paper in the study identified 12 (17.1%) patients from the sample as being positive on the Eight Gambling Screen. Of these individuals, 75% were also positive on the CAGE alcohol screen. Problem gambling patients who had attempted suicide were also more likely to be Maori (indigenous New Zealanders). The severity of the suicide attempt between patients screened as problem gamblers and those who were not did not differ.


Suicide attempts Problem gambling Eight screen Alcohol Gambling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alison Penfold
    • 1
  • Simon Hatcher
    • 2
  • Sean Sullivan
    • 1
  • Nicola Collins
    • 3
  1. 1.Abacus Counselling Training & Supervision LtdAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  3. 3.North Shore HospitalAucklandNew Zealand

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