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Am J Public Health. 1998 Mar;88(3):467-70.

Problem gamblers, problem substance users, and dual-problem individuals: an epidemiological study.

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Department of Sociology, Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY 11530-6793, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study compared problem gamblers, problem substance users, dual-problem individuals, and persons without these problems in the general population.

METHODS:

On the basis of computer-assisted telephone interviews of a random sample of Texas adults (n = 6308) standard instruments were used to gauge substance use and gambling problems in the general population.

RESULTS:

Compared with those having a substance use or gambling problem only, dual-problem individuals were more likely to be young, never-married men, without conventional religious affiliations. There was more dysfunctionality (as evidenced by treatment-seeking and problems with the law) among dual-problem respondents than among those troubled exclusively by gambling or substance use problems.

CONCLUSIONS:

Screening and treatment for gambling problems should be offered in drug treatment and criminal justice arenas.

PMID:
9518986
PMCID:
PMC1508340
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.88.3.467
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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