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Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) Play and Alcohol Self-Administration Study

The use of alcohol while people gamble in casinos is quite common. Other research has found that alcohol does change the way that people behave and this is also true for how they gamble. However, we don't know nearly as much about how gambling can also impact the way people drink. This project is a laboratory experiment that may ultimately help us understand how these two behaviors influence each other. We believe that this is important for creating better treatment programs for people who have alcohol and gambling problems. By participating in this study, you will be helping researchers and doctors to learn how to better treat addiction.


You may be eligible to participate if you(r):

  • Are an adult between 18 and 65 years old
  • Have played electronic gambling machines (e.g. slot machines, video lottery terminals, etc.) for money at least once per month for the past 3 months
  • Most preferred form of gambling is electronic gambling
  • Drink alcohol at least one per week, on average
  • Have received two doses of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine


You are NOT eligible for this study if you:

  • Are currently attempting to quit smoking or drinking
  • Have ever received treatment for a drinking or gambling problem
  • Have a medical condition that is worsened by drinking alcohol
  • Are dependent on alcohol
  • Have an allergy to fruit juice
  • Heavily use illicit drugs
  • Have any history of a psychotic disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder

If you have any questions about this study, or if you are interested in participating, send an email to or call 1-403-210-7741

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