Gambling in a National U.S. Veteran Population: Prevalence, Socio-demographics, and Psychiatric Comorbidities

Research and Data
Author(s): Elina A. Stefanovics, Marc N. Potenza, and Robert H. Pietrzak
Year Published: 2017


This study aimed to examine associations between gambling level and clinically relevant measures, including psychiatric disorders and suicidality, in a nationally representative sample of U.S. veterans. Data on 3157 U.S. veterans were analyzed from the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study.

Key Data Points:

  • A significant proportion of U.S. veterans engage in gambling activities.
    • 35.1% of U.S. veterans gambling recreationally
    • 2.2% of study participants screened positive for at-risk or problem gambling screening positive for ARPG.
  • In the U.S veteran population, at-risk and problem gambling are associated with greater prevalence of substance use, anxiety, and depressive disorders, as well as with a history of physical trauma or sexual trauma, having sought mental health treatment (particularly from the Veterans Administration), and minority group status.


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Stefanovics EA, Potenza MN, Pietrzak RH. Gambling in a national U.S. veteran population: Prevalence, socio-demographics, and psychiatric comorbidities. Journal of Gambling Studies. 2017;33(4):1099-1120. doi:10.1007/s10899-017-9678-2.

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