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The Dangerous Duo: How Sports Gambling and Binge Drinking Increase Risk of Substance Misuse

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 2, 2024
The Dangers of Combining Alcohol and Sports Betting: Double Trouble

A recent study has shed light on the link between sports gambling and binge drinking. Conducted by researchers from UNLV and the University of New Mexico, the study surveyed over 4,300 adults across the U.S. during a three-week period in spring 2022. Of those surveyed, nearly 3,300 reported past year alcohol use, while about 1,800 identified as sports gamblers who had bet on sporting events in the past year.

The research team found that sports gamblers were 1.9 times more likely to report binge drinking than non-gamblers and gamblers who do not bet on sports. This study adds to existing research that shows a connection between substance misuse and sports betting, suggesting that risky gambling behaviors may also lead to risky alcohol consumption.

Study co-author Shane W. Kraus, a professor of psychology and director of the UNLV Behavioral Addictions Lab, emphasized the need for more education to inform people about the potential risks of heavy alcohol use while participating in sports betting. The study, titled “Binge Drinking Among Sports Gamblers,” was published in the journal JAMA Network Open on April 1, 2024.

By Samantha Nguyen

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