Internationally, problem gambling is elevated in Armed Forces veterans compared to the general population. Here, we re-examined the prevalence of problem gambling in veterans and non-veterans residing in England using an established large dataset and investigated whether gambling was associated with length of service, common mental health disorders, substance abuse, or financial management history. Using the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, 257 post-national service veterans and 514 age- and sex-matched controls were compared. Veterans had significantly higher rates of problem gambling than non-veterans. Male veterans were more likely than non-veterans to have experienced a traumatic event. The relationship between veteran status and problem gambling was not explained by differences in mental health conditions, substance abuse, or financial management. No differences were found for length of service. Further research is required with larger samples targeting problem gambling and Armed Forces experience in the United Kingdom population using contemporary diagnostic criteria.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Military Behavioral Health|
|Publication status||Published - 2 Apr 2020|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was supported by a grant from Forces in Mind Trust (FMiT16/0202S). The 2007 APMS was funded by the NHS Information Center for Health and Social Care for the Department of Health. Elystan Roberts is now at the University of Bristol.
© 2019, © 2019 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
- Armed Forces
- mental health
- post-national service