The Dangers of Combining Alcohol and Sports Betting: Double Trouble

New Study Reveals Link Between Sports Gambling and Binge Drinking: Heavy Alcohol Use May Risky for Those Participating in Sports Betting

A recent study has shed light on the link between sports gambling and binge drinking. Researchers from UNLV and the University of New Mexico surveyed over 4,300 adults across the U.S. in spring 2022, finding that sports gamblers were 1.9 times more likely to report binge drinking than non-gamblers. The 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.

The research team found that sports gamblers were 1.9 times more likely to report binge drinking, defined as consuming five or more drinks for men and four or more drinks for women at a single time, compared to non-gamblers and gamblers who do not bet on sports. This suggests that heavy alcohol use may be a potential risk factor for those participating in sports betting.

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 was titled “Binge Drinking Among Sports Gamblers” and was published in the journal JAMA Network Open on April 1, 2024.

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