Men Who Gamble More Prone to Violent Behavior [Research]

Men who gamble are more prone to commit violence, according to new findings from University of Lincoln researchers.

The researchers, who surveyed more than 3,000 men in the United Kingdom, discovered that gambling at any level, from casual gambling to compulsive gambling, increased the likelihood they would engage in violent behavior, including domestic abuse. Researchers also found:

  • 50% of those with compulsive gambling (the most serious form of the disorder) and 28% of those who gambled casually had been in a physical fight over the previous 5 years.
  • 19% of non-gamblers reported being involved in violence.

The difference between non-gamblers and gamblers extended to weapons use as well:

  • About 25% of compulsive gamblers and 18% of problem gamblers (those showing several symptoms of the disorder) reported using weapons during violence.
  • Only 7% of non-problem gamblers reported weapons usage.

The study also revealed that problem and compulsive gamblers were the most likely to say they had hit a child or been violent with a partner. Nearly 10% of compulsive gamblers admitted to hitting a child.

According to researchers, the results stayed “statistically significant” even after they were adjusted for mental illness and impulsive behavior.

This study adds to the growing body of research that connects domestic violence and problem gambling. And, recently, the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey (CCGNJ) launched its own survey to find out if there are links between disordered gambling and domestic partner abuse.

Domestic Violence Help in PA

No one deserves physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse. If you or a family member is being abused, don’t “wait it out,” hoping your partner gets his or her gambling under control. Reach out for professional, compassionate help now.


Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County at 717-299-9677

Domestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County at 717-273-7190

National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233

Gambling Addiction Help in Lancaster, PA or Lebanon, PA

If you need to locate gambling help resources, including intervention or treatment, contact Compass Mark at 717-299-2831 or fill out our Help Form.


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