The WAGER, Vol. 25(8) – Gambling in the time of COVID-19: Mental health, substance use, and financial distress among high-risk online gamblers

The world is still struggling to understand COVID-19. Even less is known about the pandemic’s secondary effects, including those related to mental health and addiction. The negative social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have worsened anxiety and depression, financial distress, isolation, and substance use – raising concerns about possible implications for problem gambling and gambling-related harms. This week, we review a study by Alex Price that examined the impacts of COVID-19 on risky gambling behaviors and motivations, mental health concerns, substance use, and financial distress among online gamblers.

What was the research question?
What are the impacts of COVID-19 on risky gambling behaviors and motivations, mental health concerns, substance use, and financial distress among online gamblers?

Read this week’s review here.