Gambling at the time of COVID-19: results from interviews in an Italian sample of gamblers

Ilaria Cataldo, Eleonora Casonato, Ermelinda Levari, Attilio Negri, Pierluigi Simonatoc, Giulia Tomasi, Giovanna Branz, Aurora Coppola, Pietro Gianfranceschi, Eva Leoni, Pietro Mistretta, Martina Stefani, Miriam Vanzetta, Anna Franceschini, Gianluca Esposito, Ornella Corazza

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Abstract

The coronavirus pandemic affected the life of those suffering from addic- tive behaviors often confined to prolonged periods of self-isolation. To explore the variation of symptoms related to gambling, 46 outpatients of the mental health services in the Trento Province were invited to take part in a phone interview at the start of the national lockdown. Although only 2.17% increased gambling activity during this period, half of the sample (50.00%) experienced irritability, mood fluctuation (43.48%) and anxiety (39.13%). Follow-up studies should assess modifications in their behaviors that occurred after the reopening of gambling venues.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100032
Number of pages6
JournalEmerging Trends in Drugs, Addictions and Health
Volume2
Early online date1 Feb 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2022

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