Problem gambling

Shane Thomas

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Background: Problem gambling is an increasingly common problem in Australia. General practitioners (GPs) have an important role in ensuring that problem gambling is detected and treated. Objective: We review the clinical issues associated with the detection and treatment of problem gambling. Discussion: At any one time 1% of the adult Australian population satisfy the clinical criteria for problem gambling; a further 4% are at a significant risk. Problem gambling frequently presents with other serious mental health conditions. There are several guidelines from the National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Medical Association that recommend GP involvement in screening for problem gambling. Simple one-item tools are available for that purpose. GP screening and referral for problem gambling addresses the currently very low rates of treatment. Effective and durable psychological treatments are available for the treatment of problem gambling including cognitive behaviour therapy and motivational interviewing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362 - 364
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian Family Physician
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Epidemiology
  • Pathological gambling
  • Public health
  • Treatment

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