In a recent study, researchers at UNLV and the University of New Mexico found that sports gamblers are more likely to engage in binge drinking than non-gamblers. The study surveyed over 4,300 adults across the U.S. during a three-week period in the spring of 2022. Of those, nearly 3,300 reported alcohol use in the past year, while about 1,800 identified as sports gamblers who have bet on sporting events in the past year.

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 one time, compared to non-gamblers and non-gamblers. This study adds to existing research showing a link between substance abuse and sports betting, suggesting that risky gambling may also lead to risky alcohol consumption.

Study co-author Shane W. Krauss, professor of psychology and director of UNLV’s Laboratory for Behavioral Addictions, stressed 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 1st

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