Cross-addiction on campus: more problems for student-athletes

Subst Use Misuse. 2010 Aug;45(10):1525-41. doi: 10.3109/10826081003682297.


Data on 503 students from rural and urban areas were collected from January 2009 to October 2009 to test for cross-addiction of alcohol dependency with disordered gambling among college athletes and nonathletes. To test for alcohol dependency, the Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST) was employed, while the South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS) was utilized to assess gambling behaviors. Athletes had higher frequencies of cross-addiction. For athletes there was a correlation between scores on the MAST and SOGS. Limitations related to data collection are discussed. Recommendations for further research directed toward the development of programs geared to assist students are given.

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholism
  • Athletes*
  • Behavior, Addictive / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Gambling
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Michigan / epidemiology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Universities*
  • Young Adult