April 22, 2024 12:53 am
The Dangers of Combining Alcohol and Sports Betting: Double Trouble

New research from UNLV and the University of New Mexico reveals that sports gamblers are more likely to engage in binge drinking than non-gamblers. Over 4,300 adults across the U.S. were surveyed during a three-week period in spring 2022, with nearly 3,300 reporting past year alcohol use and about 1,800 identifying as sports gamblers who had bet on sporting events in the past year.

The study found that sports gamblers were 1.9 times more likely to report binge drinking than non-gamblers and those who did not bet on sports. This study adds to previous research that links substance misuse with 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 importance of education to inform people about the potential risks of heavy alcohol use while participating in sports betting. The study was published in JAMA Network Open on April 1, 2024.

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