The Relationship Between Alcohol and Gambling Behaviours

This multi-disciplinary literature review explores the literature on gambling and alcohol behaviours in the UK including Wales and internationally. In the light of concerns expressed about significant health problems associated with problem gambling and alcohol addiction the review considers the topic from a sociological and cultural perspective as well as from a clinical and treatment focus. Gambling and alcohol research and literature is also reviewed from the perspective of gambling operators and their corporate social responsibility and responsible gambling practices. The review finally proposes recommendation for further research in this field…

Link to PDF: Bohane, G., Guerrier, Y., Sakhuja, R., & Vamvakari, T. (2015). The Relationship Between Alcohol and Gambling Behaviours (Literature Review). University of Roehampton Business School: London.

Gambling on History: Shaping Narratives in Native Public Spaces

Our presentation today is drawn from an extended work in progress begun with a simple question: Have profits from Indian gaming helped to establish or expand Native museums and cultural centers as venues for cultural self-representation?…

Link to PDF: de Uriarte, J. B., & Biggs, M. (2015). Conference paper: Gambling on History: Shaping Narratives in Native Public Spaces.

Video Lottery is the Most Harmful Form of Gambling in Canada

This paper summarizes the degree to which different forms of legal gambling contribute to Problem and Pathological Gambling (PPG) in Canada. Legal gambling activities were compared using meta-analysis of publicly available data concerning Canada’s legal gambling industry. The majority of revenues in the decade spanning 2002–2012 were drawn from Video Lottery Terminals and casino slot machines. Population surveys indicated that three quarters of Canadians reported some form of past-year gambling participation, but most did not play Electronic Gambling Machines…

MacLaren, V. V. (2015). Video Lottery is the Most Harmful Form of Gambling in Canada. Journal of Gambling Studies, 1–27.

Unhealthy Gambling Amongst New Zealand Secondary School Students: An Exploration of Risk and Protective Factors

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This study sought to determine the prevalence of gambling and unhealthy gambling behaviour and describe risk and protective factors associated with these behaviours amongst a nationally representative sample of New Zealand secondary school students (n  = 8,500). Factor analysis and item response theory were used to develop a model to provide a measure of ‘unhealthy gambling’. Logistic regressions and multiple logistic regression models were used to investigate associations between unhealthy gambling behaviour and selected outcomes. Approximately one-quarter (24.2 %) of students had gambled in the last year, and 4.8 % had two or more indicators of unhealthy gambling…

Rossen, F. V., Clark, T., Denny, S. J., Fleming, T. M., Peiris-John, R., Robinson, E., & Lucassen, M. F. (2015). Unhealthy Gambling Amongst New Zealand Secondary School Students: An Exploration of Risk and Protective Factors. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1–16.

National Gambling Study: New Zealander’s Attitudes Towards Gambling: Report no.3

Abbott, M., Bellringer, M., Garrett, N., & Mundy-McPherson, S. (2015). New Zealand 2012 National gambling study: Attitudes towards gambling (No. 3). Wellington: AUT. Retrieved from

Full text and research summary of this report and the previous two reports in the series are available here

A major purpose of the 2012 National Gambling Study was to assess changes since the previous national gambling and problem gambling surveys were conducted. […] The main aim of Report Number 3 was to provide information on New Zealanders’ attitudes towards gambling…

Humanizing Machines: Anthropomorphization of Slot Machines Increases Gambling

Riva, P. (2015). Humanizing Machines: Anthropomorphization of Slot Machines Increases Gambling. Journal of Experimental Psychology Applied. Accessed from ResearchGate.

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Do people gamble more on slot machines if they think that they are playing against humanlike minds rather than mathematical algorithms? Research has shown that people have a strong cognitive tendency to imbue humanlike mental states to nonhuman entities (i.e., anthropomorphism). The present research tested whether anthropomorphizing slot machines would increase gambling. Four studies manipulated slot machine anthropomorphization and found that exposing people to an anthropomorphized description of a slot machine increased gambling behavior and reduced gambling outcomes…

Associations Between Gambling Games and Gambling Problems: Whole Games Compared with Temporal, Skill Characteristics, and Other Structural Characteristics

Goodie, A. S. (2015). Associations Between Gambling Games and Gambling Problems: Whole Games Compared with Temporal, Skill Characteristics, and Other Structural Characteristics. Current Addiction Reports, 1–5.

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Research and commentary have been addressed to distinctions regarding problem gambling on the basis of differences in the types of gambling in which individuals engage, such as symptom severity, co-occurring conditions, psychological correlates, and demographic differences. Some progress has been made at the level of the whole game. For example, electronic gaming machine users are more often female and more prone to depressive disorders as well as gambling disorder. Players of other games, such as poker and sports betting, are typically male and prone to substance use disorders. A promising recent trend, however, is to create taxonomies to analyze relevant structural game characteristics that predict gambling problems in a theoretically grounded way…