Journal article

Episodic and Binge Gambling: An Exploration and Preliminary Quantitative Study

S Cowlishaw, E Nespoli, JK Jebadurai, N Smith, H Bowden-Jones

Journal of Gambling Studies | Springer Nature | Published : 2018


The DSM-5 includes provisions for episodic forms of gambling disorder, with such changes aligned with earlier accounts of potential binge gambling behaviours. However, there is little research that indicates the utility of these classifications of episodic or binge gambling, and this study considered their characteristics in a clinical sample. It involved administration of a new binge gambling screening tool, along with routine measures, to n = 214 patients entering a specialist treatment clinic for gambling problems. Results indicated that episodic gambling was common in this clinical context, with 28 and 32% of patients reporting gambling episodes that were (a) regular and alternating, and..

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