Pathological gambling and comorbid substance use

  • authors:

    Alex Blaszczynski, Fiona Maccallum
  • published in

    : 2001
  • summary

    : Objective:  The objective of this study was to determine the rates of substance use problems in a sample of diagnosed pathological gamblers seeking treatment in a university teaching hospital cognitive behavioural outpatient clinic. Methods:  A semistructured interview schedule and the composite international diagnostic interview (CIDI-auto) were administered to assess substance dependence in a sample of 75 poker-machine gamblers meeting DSM-IV and South Oaks gambling screen (SOGS) criteria for pathological gambling. Both the self-reported rates and the proportion meeting criteria for a psychiatric disorder were determined. Results:  The rates for substance use disorder within a sample of treatment-seeking pathological gamblers is higher as compared to general population figures. Gender differences were found with more current alcohol-abuse problems reported among male than female participants. Non-alcohol-related substance abuse was relatively lower than rates reported by other studies in the literature. Conclusions:  Substance abuse is a common comorbid condition of pathological gambling and therefore should be screened for in routine clinical assessments. Failure to identify and treat comorbid substance-use disorders in gamblers may lead to higher relapse rates.
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  • type

    : article in serial publication
  • publisher

    : Blackwell Publishing
  • is part of a publication

    : Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
  • volume

    : 36
  • issue

    : 3
  • original language

    : English
  • article pagination

    : start page: 411 - end page: 415
  • keywords

    : alcohol dependence , comorbidity , pathological gambling , substance use
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