Gambling and Alcohol Use Study

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Participants needed for gambling and alcohol study

Researchers from the Centre for Gambling Research at UBC are looking for volunteers who gamble recreationally and are social drinkers to take part in a study.

If you decide to take part you will be asked to attend a single afternoon session at the Centre for Gambling Research (Audain Arts Centre/Ponderosa building, on West Mall / University Blvd), lasting 2 hours. The test session will include: i) an investigation of gambling behavior and ii) a taste test where you will be asked to taste and rate different beers. In appreciation for your time commitment, you will be given $20 for approximately 2 hours of participation. In addition, any money you may win will be converted to a cash bonus.

Prior to the session, a researcher will arrange a telephone call with some questions about alcohol use and gambling to confirm your suitability. To be eligible for the study, you must:

  • Be a male and aged 19 years or over
  • Have normal or corrected-to-normal vision
  • Drink alcohol socially and be willing to consume beer during the study
  • Have played on a slot machine at least once per month for the past 3 months
  • Not have experienced problems with gambling or alcohol use currently or in the past
  • Be currently healthy and should not have a history of neurological illness, head injury or psychiatric hospitalization

On the day of testing, we will monitor your breath alcohol levels after the experiment, to confirm when it is safe for you to leave the lab. However, it is important that you do not plan to drive a car, or operate dangerous or complex machinery for the rest of the day. Please be prepared to arrange public transport to get home after the test session.

If you have any questions about the study details, please contact the researchers listed below.

Faculty supervisor

Dr. Luke Clark

Department of Psychology




Graduate student investigator

Becci Griggs

Department of Psychology




Confidentiality: All data that pertains to this study will remain anonymous. Written records will be stored in a locked filing cabinet within the Centre for Gambling Research, accessible only to the researchers of this study. Electronic records will be stored in a password-protected computer in the Centre for Gambling Research and protected by the departmental server.