Pathological gambling and associated patterns of crime: Comparisons with alcohol and other drug addictions

Research paper by R. I. F. Brown

Indexed on: 01 Jun '87Published on: 01 Jun '87Published in: Journal of Gambling Studies


The pattern of convictions for various categories of crime in the population of the United Kingdom was compared with the corresponding pattern in a sample of addictive gamblers drawn from Gamblers Anonymous in the U.K. A distinctive pattern of income-generating crime was found to be statistically associated with pathological gambling. This pattern was compared with other distinctive patterns associated with the intake of alcohol and with various other drugs and it was found to resemble most closely that of addiction to narcotic drugs.The possible role of gambling as a contributory cause of crime is discussed in the light of what is known of the issues surrounding other addictions as causes of their distinctive patterns of crime.