Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 3–15 | Cite as

Alcohol Consumption and Self-Control of Gambling Behaviour

  • Ellen Baron
  • Mark Dickerson


This paper reports the results of a preliminary investigation into whether the drinking of alcohol contributes to impaired control of gambling behaviour. The sampling method consisted of a two-phase survey design, collecting data both prospectively ‘within session’ and retrospectively via a take-home questionnaire. One hundred sixteen people were interviewed while in a gaming venue playing on an electronic gaming machine (egm) of whom 34 men and 11 women also returned take-home surveys. Comparisons of the sample to previous studies suggested that the sample was representative of the population of egm players. Results indicated a consistent theme of alcohol use contributing significantly to impaired control of gambling behaviour, with level of involvement (Corless & Dickerson, 1989) contributing the most significant variance in the independent variables. Limitations of the study are discussed, but the case is argued that this type of ‘process’ research is essential in better understanding how these two types of popular leisure activities may interact, possibly leading to the previously recorded chronic, excessive alcohol intake and problematic gambling (e.g. McCormick, Russo, Ramirez & Taber, 1984).


Alcohol Alcohol Consumption Significant Variance Sampling Method Alcohol Intake 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen Baron
    • 1
  • Mark Dickerson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Western Sydney MacarthurUSA

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