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Am J Public Health. 1998 Jul;88(7):1093-6.

Taking chances: problem gamblers and mental health disorders--results from the St. Louis Epidemiologic Catchment Area Study.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 63108, USA. cunning@epi.wustl.edu

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  • Am J Public Health 1998 Sep;88(9):1407.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study determined prevalence estimates of problem gambling and relationships to other psychiatric and substance use disorders.

METHODS:

In 1981, the Diagnostic Interview Schedule was used to collect epidemiological information on problem gambling and other disorders from 3004 adults in St. Louis, Mo.

RESULTS:

The lifetime prevalence of pathological gambling was 0.9%; 46% of those surveyed gambled recreationally. Problem gamblers (those reporting at least one gambling-related problem) were 9.2% of the sample and were predominately White (69%), male (78.2%), and young than nongamblers. They were at increased risk for several psychiatric diagnoses, especially for antisocial personality disorder, alcoholism, and tobacco dependence.

CONCLUSIONS:

Clinicians treating alcoholism and tobacco dependence may need to screen for problem gambling. Additional research in the context of increased gambling opportunities is needed.

PMID:
9663161
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PMCID:
PMC1508270
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