Exploring comorbidity between problem gambling and alcohol consumption.

Given the relationship found in the scientific literature between alcohol consumption and pathological gambling, it is advisable to screen for alcohol consumption in cases where problematic gambling behaviors have been detected. Similarly, in the presence of problematic alcohol consumption data, the individual’s behaviors regarding gambling should be explored to clarify the possibility of relevant behaviors related to it.

Alcohol consumption screening can be performed using the AUDIT-C questionnaire, and gambling-related habits can be assessed using the Pathological Gambling Brief Questionnaire (PGBQ).

Therefore, the goal of this practice is to detect cases of pathological gambling and their coexistence or absence with pathological alcohol consumption.

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Becoña Iglesias E, El juego patológico: prevalencia en España. Salud y drogas [Internet]. 2004;4(2):9- 34. Recuperado de: https://www.redalyc.org/articulo.oa?id=83940202

Observatorio Español de las Drogas y las Adicciones. Informe 2023. Alcohol, tabaco y drogas ilegales en España. Madrid: Ministerio de Sanidad. Delegación del Gobierno para el Plan Nacional sobre Drogas; 2023. 270 p.


Alcohol, Non-substance addicition

Preventive intervention level



Primary Care, Hospital, Specialized care, Addiction treatment centers, Community settings



Age range

14 o +


alcohol, anamnesis, anxiety, audit, audit-c, clinical interview, risk factors, screening, Social factors

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