skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 152105 Find in a Library
Title: Co-existent Fruit Machine Addiction and Solvent Abuse in Adolescence: A Cause for Concern?
Journal: Journal of Adolescence  Volume:17  Issue:5  Dated:(October 1994)  Pages:491-498
Author(s): M Griffiths
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 8
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Data taken from a larger British study of cross-addictions involving gambling revealed that 16 agencies reported that gambling with fruit machines was specifically associated with some form of drug abuse, particularly solvent abuse, among both adolescents and adults.
Abstract: The research was conducted in March and April 1989, when 456 letters were sent to all drug treatment agencies in England requesting information regarding cross-addictions to gambling. Responses came from 196 agencies. Sixteen agencies reported that fruit machine gambling was associated with some form of psychoactive substance abuse. Nine of the 16 agencies reported cross-addictions involving solvent abuse and fruit machine gambling. Despite the severe limitations of the data collected, which involved a mixture of specific records, personal observations, and anecdotal evidence, little doubt exists that these behaviors occur in some individuals, mainly male adolescents, although only an insignificant minority is probably involved. Table and 14 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Compulsive gamblers; Criminology; Drug dependence; England
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=152105

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.