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Internet Gambling, Health, Smoking and Alcohol Use: Findings from the 2007 British Gambling Prevalence Survey

  • Mark Griffiths
  • Heather Wardle
  • Jim Orford
  • Kerry Sproston
  • Bob Erens
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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.

Keywords

Internet gambling Online gambling Gambling Addiction Alcohol use Cigarette smoking Health 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Griffiths
    • 1
  • Heather Wardle
    • 2
  • Jim Orford
    • 3
  • Kerry Sproston
    • 2
  • Bob Erens
    • 2
  1. 1.International Gaming Research Unit, Division of PsychologyNottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK
  2. 2.National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)LondonUK
  3. 3.School of PsychologyThe University of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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