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Gambling and Compulsive Alcohol Use Among College Students: Further Evidence of Links

by: Institute Staff | Mar 15, 2011

The Task Force on College Gambling Policies issued a report in 2009 recommending that student health professionals screen for gambling problems among students engaged in risky behaviors. Since the release of this report, new research has been published that provides evidence that a single question can open up information about risky behaviors.

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Exploration Grant and Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications Due April 1, 2011

by: Institute Staff | Mar 10, 2011

The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) offers grants in five categories to support research on gambling disorders. The next application deadline is April 1, 2011, for Exploration Grant and Postdoctoral Fellowship proposals.

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Study Finds Surprising Relationship Between Prescription Drug Misuse and Problem Gambling

by: Institute Staff | Mar 10, 2011

Addiction researchers have found associations between numerous addictive behaviors, with individuals often being involved with many addictive substances and behaviors at the same time. Though this relationship is common, it is not well understood. The intermingling relationships of less thoroughly studied addictive behaviors, such as gambling and prescription drug misuse (PDM), are particularly unclear. A recent study led by Cheryl Currie, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Alberta, Canada, was published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry and explores the relationship between prescription drug misuse, demographics and addictive behaviors including gambling (Currie, Schopflocher, & Wild, 2011). Currie won the Outstanding Poster Award at the 2010 NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction, and discussed early findings from this study with us in an audio interview conducted at the conference.       

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Sensation-Seeking and Gambling Disorders: NCRG-Funded Study Explores the Relationship

by: Institute Staff | Mar 7, 2011

Treatment and prevention are two of the most important and challenging areas for addiction researchers. Prevention is a particularly difficult undertaking even when working with the most understood disorders, and can be even more difficult in an emerging field such as gambling disorders. One way to advance prevention research is to better understand the relationship between pathological gambling (PG) and psychological traits that have been more thoroughly studied. One recent study by Erica Fortune and Adam Goodie, Ph.D., at the University of Georgia, takes this approach. The study, which was published in the December 2010 edition of the Journal of Gambling Studies (Fortune & Goodie, 2009), was partially funded by a grant from the NCRG to Dr. Goodie and attempts to clarify the relationship between PG and sensation seeking.

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New Study Reveals Public Perceptions of Gambling Disorders and Recovery

by: Institute Staff | Feb 25, 2011

Society’s beliefs about a health condition can have a huge impact on the people who suffer from the disorder. Public opinion can influence public health policy, public and private harm minimization efforts, research funds, and treatment support. At the individual level, negative public views of a disease and the stigma it creates can strongly discourage individuals from admitting that they have the problem and seeking treatment. There is little data available on public opinion of gambling disorders; however, a new study published in the Journal of Gambling Studies fills this void with a systematic examination of public opinion on gambling disorders (Cunningham, Cordingley, Hodgins, & Toneatto, 2011).

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Jon Grant Inducted into the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology

by: Institute Staff | Feb 9, 2011

Jon E. Grant, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., principal investigator of the NCRG Center of Excellence at the University of Minnesota, was inducted into the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) at the ACNP meeting in December 2010. Founded in 1961, ACNP is the nation’s premier professional society in brain, behavior and psychopharmacology research.

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New Research Finds Youth and Underage Gambling in Minnesota Declining

by: Institute Staff | Feb 2, 2011

While there have been a number of studies conducted on youth gambling, there is no clear consensus about whether gambling rates in this population are increasing, decreasing, or staying the same. Recent reviews of the literature have yielded mixed conclusions and found a variety of results depending on when, where, and how the research was conducted (e.g., Volberg, Gupta, Griffiths, Olason, & Delfabbro, 2010; Jacobs, 2004). In order to get a clearer view of such complex population issues, researchers conduct longitudinal research, which studies a population and attempts to measure a variable in the same way at the same place over the course of time. A recently published article in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors presents the findings of a longitudinal study that found significant declines in youth gambling over the past 15 years (Stinchfield, 2011).

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New Research on Minorities and Gambling

by: Declan T. Barry, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine | Feb 1, 2011

Gambling and gambling related problems are common among all racial and ethnic groups in the United States, but there is new evidence that African Americans are more likely to experience gambling-related problems than white Americans. Differences in problem and pathological Gambling (PPG) among people of different races are not well understood. A better understanding of gambling behaviors, gambling problem severity and other psychiatric disorders associated with PPG in minority populations could benefit gambling prevention and treatment programs. For this reason we have devoted the February edition of Issues & Insights to new research on the differences in gambling behavior and PPG between black and white Americans.

A recently published study by Dr. Declan Barry and colleagues (Barry, Stefanovics, Desai, & Potenza, 2011) analyzed data from The National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC), the largest prevalence study of psychiatric disorders in the United States (Petry, Stinson, & Grant, 2005). Dr. Barry and co-authors compared black and white respondents on measures of gambling behavior, PPG, mental health, and the co-occurrence of mental disorders and gambling. In the following interview, Dr. Barry clarifies and expands on the findings in his recent paper. 

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NCRG Announces 2011 Funding Opportunities

by: Institute Staff | Jan 27, 2011

The National Center for Responsible Gaming is pleased to announce it has allocated more than $700,000 for grants in support of research on prevention and treatment of gambling disorders in 2011. The grants, ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 per year, will be awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants may seek one-year Exploration and Seed Grants to fund pilot data, a new direction on an existing project, secondary analysis of existing data, or small, self-contained research projects. Large Grants of up to $75,000 per year for two years are available for more extensive research projects.

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New Study Examines Potential of Alzheimer’s Drug for Treating Pathological Gambling

by: Institute Staff | Jan 26, 2011

Although pathological gambling (PG) has been recognized as a psychological disorder since 1980, there are still no FDA-approved medications to treat the disorder. Until now, most pharmacological treatments for PG have been adapted from treatments from other addictive disorders such as alcohol dependence. A recently published article in the journal Psychopharmacology reports on the use of a drug from an unexpected source: a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease (Grant, Chamberlain, Odlaug, Potenza, & Kim, 2010).

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