Exploring the latest news, issues and research relating to gambling disorders and responsible gaming
Next week, the NCRG will hold its second free webinar of 2014. Titled “Preventing Disordered Gambling among College Students,” this March 19 webinar (2 – 3:30 p.m. ET) will feature Dr. Clayton Neighbors, professor and director of the social psychology program in the department of psychology at the University of Houston, who will discuss a new resource that was developed to help reduce problem gambling by showing students their misperceptions of student gambling behavior.
Approximately 75 percent of college students in the U.S. gambled in the past year and 6 percent develop a gambling problem. Despite these research findings, there was no screening/brief interventions tailored for this population—until now.
In 2011, the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) introduced www.CollegeGambling.org, a website designed to help university administrators, campus health professionals, students and parents address these issues using the latest research on college gambling and free resources to incorporate into existing campus-wide education programs.
This month, the NCRG is adding some new features to CollegeGambling.org to raise awareness about gambling and gambling-related harms on college campuses. The NCRG will release several new resources to help college health professionals and college administrators educate students and faculty about this important issue so they can make responsible decisions about gambling. To learn how you can get involved, please join the NCRG for an informational Google Hangout session on Tuesday, March 11.
This post was written by Christine Reilly, the NCRG’s senior research director, on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Greetings from Atlanta! I’m attending the second Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Conference, a joint meeting of members of the American Psychological Associations’ Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology) and Division 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse). This year’s theme is “Changing Addictive Behavior: Bench to Bedside and Back Again.”
Many people may not know that 95 percent of people with gambling disorder also have another mental health disorder as well (Kessler et al., 2008). This stunning reality should influence every aspect of how researchers, clinicians and even the media approach the topic of understanding, diagnosing and treating gambling disorders. This co-occurrence of multiple disorders in an individual (called “comorbidity”) presents many unique challenges for the identification and treatment of gambling disorder. Research that can provide insights into comorbid conditions can be beneficial for clinicians and researchers alike.
One recent study on this topic came from Iman Parhami, M.D., M.P.H., a psychiatry resident at the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, who conducted a survey to examine many health-related issues associated with gambling behaviors and other demographic data. Longtime readers may remember that Dr. Parhami won the outstanding poster award at the NCRG conference in 2011.
As the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos take to the field on Sunday, millions of people from around the world will be tuning in to watch who wins Super Bowl XLVIII. Many people may even want to place a bet or two on the game’s outcome. We know that research shows that 1% of U.S. adults have been diagnosed with a gambling disorder, while 2-3% of the population has a gambling problem.
If you’re one of those who likes to wager on sports and can do so without problems, you can establish your own limits and provide direction to others by developing a set of personal guidelines to determine whether, when and how much to gamble. Here are a few things to consider:
The NCRG’s Amy Kugler is at the New Horizons in Responsible Gambling conference in Vancouver, BC. This two-day event is designed to cover responsible gaming from an international prospective, bringing together members of the gaming industry, researchers and clinicians to discuss best practices for responsible gaming programs. Watch this video to learn the highlights of the first day of the conference and stay tuned to the NCRG on Twitter and Facebook for more.
We are excited to announce the first NCRG webinar of 2014!
The NCRG’s Webinar Series will kick off Friday, January 31 at 2 p.m. with a free 90-minute event featuring Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the departments of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, neurobiology, bioengineering at Duke University, and his colleagues Drs. Stephen Mague and Gretchen Sprow.
From a new video series to an extraordinary amount of funding for cutting-edge research, the NCRG has many accomplishments to celebrate in 2013. The NCRG staff compiled a few of the highlights from the past year.
Yesterday, the NCRG announced that its Board of Directors added two new members: Mark Lipparelli, former chairman of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, and Christine Reilly, senior research director of the NCRG. Lipparelli was elected to the 12-member board and Reilly was appointed to serve as an officer of the board as secretary and treasurer. Christine Reilly replaces Judy Patterson following her departure from the NCRG.
The NCRG board of directors includes representatives from the gaming industry and the public health and regulatory communities. As the practical, hands-on management group of the organization, the board focuses on education and outreach program creation and implementation. For a complete list of board members, click here.