Research shows that addictive disorders, such as pathological gambling and alcohol use disorders frequently co-occur at greater than chance levels. Consider the “party” atmosphere of many gambling activities, such as players receiving “free” cocktails at casinos, or private poker parties offering “refreshments” for players, such as beer, whiskey or cocktail of choice.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a national public health awareness campaign developed to increase awareness and understanding of the causes and treatment of alcoholism. Established in 1987, alcohol awareness month allows communities to focus on spreading awareness and reducing the stigma associated with alcohol addiction. Adding problematic gambling behavior into the mix of frequent alcohol consumption increases the risk of harm and addiction.