Imperial College London

Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE FRCPsych, BA(Hons), DOccMed, MD(Imperial)

Faculty of MedicineFaculty of Medicine Centre

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7381 7722h.bowdenjones02




National Problem Gambling ClinicCharing Cross HospitalCharing Cross Campus






BibTex format

author = {Cowlishaw, S and Nespoli, E and Jebadurai, JK and Smith, N and Bowden-Jones, H},
doi = {10.1007/s10899-017-9697-z},
journal = {Journal of Gambling Studies},
pages = {85--99},
title = {Episodic and binge gambling: an exploration and preliminary quantitative study},
url = {},
volume = {34},
year = {2017}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - The DSM-5 includes provisions for episodic forms of gambling disorder, with such changes aligned with earlier accounts of potential binge gambling behaviours. However, there is little research that indicates the utility of these classifications of episodic or binge gambling, and this study considered their characteristics in a clinical sample. It involved administration of a new binge gambling screening tool, along with routine measures, to n = 214 patients entering a specialist treatment clinic for gambling problems. Results indicated that episodic gambling was common in this clinical context, with 28 and 32% of patients reporting gambling episodes that were (a) regular and alternating, and (b) irregular and intermittent, respectively. These patterns were distinguished by factors including associations with covariates that indicated differences from continuous gamblers. For example, the irregular episodic gamblers, but not the regular pattern, demonstrated lower levels of problem gambling severity and comorbidity. Rates of potential binge gambling, which was defined in terms of additional criteria, were around 4% and numbers were insufficient for comparable analyses. The findings support inclusion of episodic forms of gambling disorder in the DSM-5, but highlight the need for improved recognition and research on heterogeneous forms of episodic gambling.
AU - Cowlishaw,S
AU - Nespoli,E
AU - Jebadurai,JK
AU - Smith,N
AU - Bowden-Jones,H
DO - 10.1007/s10899-017-9697-z
EP - 99
PY - 2017///
SN - 1050-5350
SP - 85
TI - Episodic and binge gambling: an exploration and preliminary quantitative study
T2 - Journal of Gambling Studies
UR -
UR -
UR -
VL - 34
ER -