Veterans and Gambling Study


It is estimated that there are almost 3 million Armed Forces veterans in the UK. For many veterans, the transition to civilian life can be fraught with difficulties. Temptations to engage in risky behaviours, such as excessive forms of gambling, may start out innocent enough but can soon spiral out of control.

Currently, little is known about the extent of the challenges veterans face when dealing with a gambling problem and how this affects them and their families. The main aims of the Veterans and Gambling Study are:

  • To assess the occurrence of problem gambling in UK Armed Forces veterans.
  • To determine the impact of problem gambling on UK Armed Forces veterans and their families.

The Veterans and Gambling Study is the first ever UK-wide survey of the prevalence of gambling related problems in Armed Forces veterans recruited from clinical and community settings.

This project is supported by funding from the Forces in Mind Trust and a PhD studentship awarded to Glen Dighton from GambleAware.

If you would like to know more about the study or if you are keen to be involved, then please contact us via one of the confidential options below.

Thank you for your interest in the Veterans and Gambling Study.

Research Assistants:


PhD Researcher:

Glen Dighton MSc., Department of Psychology, Swansea University, SA2 8PP.



Call: 01792 602418

Principal Investigator:

Professor Simon Dymond


Dr Alice Hoon (Swansea Medical School)


Matt Fossey (Anglia Ruskin University), Lee Hogan (Bangor University), Neil Kitchiner (Veterans’ NHS Wales), Robert Rogers (Bangor University), Cherie Armour (Ulster University), Justyn Larcombe (EPIC Risk Management), and Liv Kosnes (Swansea Centre for Health Economics).