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March 2011

NCRG Insider: Interview with Patricia Ketcham, Ph.D., CHES, about CollegeGambling.org

by: NCRG Staff | Mar 30, 2011

The National Center for Responsible Gaming launched www.CollegeGambling.org this week as part of its ongoing efforts to develop tools to help higher education institutions address gambling disorders and responsible gaming on campus.  The first site of its kind, CollegeGambling.org is a comprehensive resource to help current and prospective students, campus administrators, campus health professionals and parents address gambling and gambling-related harms on campus. The site is a valuable resource for those interested in learning more about college gambling, including information about responsible gaming for students of legal age to gamble and resources for those who may encounter problems. As a part of this launch, the NCRG sat down with Patricia Ketcham, Ph.D., CHES, chair of the CollegeGambling.org Advisory Committee, to learn her perspective on the new site.

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NCRG Launches CollegeGambling.org

by: NCRG Staff | Mar 29, 2011

Today, the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) launched www.CollegeGambling.org, a new resource to help colleges and universities address gambling and gambling-related harms on campus. View the press release announcing the launch.

The first site of its kind,CollegeGambling.org brings together the latest research and best practices in responsible gaming and the field of addiction awareness and prevention in order to provide a substantive and versatile resource that will help schools and their students address this important issue in the way that best fits each school’s needs. School administrators are encouraged to use the College Policy Toolkit including on the site, and campus health professionals can easily locate and distribute the CollegeGambling.org materials in their health centers.  

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Are Gambling Problems More Common Than Drinking Problems in Adults?

by: Institute Staff | Mar 28, 2011

Stories about a recent study on gambling and alcohol use across the lifespan have begun popping up around the Internet with contradictory titles like “Gambling Problems Are More Common Than Drinking Problems, According To First-Of-Its-Kind Study” and “Are Gambling Problems More Common than Drinking Problems? Maybe Not”. The study, published in the Journal of Gambling Studies, is from the Research Institute on Addictions at the University at Buffalo, N.Y. (Welte, Barnes, Tidwell, & Hoffman, 2010). The study is primarily about patterns of gambling behavior across the lifespan compared to patterns of alcohol use and other potentially problematic behaviors, but the researchers also report findings that compare gambling and alcohol problems in the general population. These differences have caused some confusion on the issue.

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New Study Compares Gambling in College and Non-college Attending Young People

by: Institute Staff | Mar 25, 2011

How much college students gamble, and to what extent they suffer from gambling disorders, is an area of great concern in the United States. It is well established that college students suffer from high rates of alcohol and other substance use disorders, and do so in larger numbers than demographically similar non-college students. It is also commonly known that alcohol misuse and gambling disorders are similar in many ways; both cause craving and withdrawal symptoms, have similar neurological characteristics and follow similar clinical courses. This fact raises questions about whether gambling disorders may be found in larger numbers in college populations than in non-college populations with similar demographics. To answer this question, researchers at the Research Institute on Addictions at the University at Buffalo, N.Y., analyzed data from 1,000 representative respondents ages 18-21. Their findings were published in the Journal of American College Health (Barnes, Welte, Hoffman, & Tidwell, 2010).

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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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