Some addiction experts believe that much of the initiation of an addiction problem is in pursuit of medicating a problem. For instance, individuals with mental health issues often have an increased likelihood of substance use problems because they are attempting to self-medicate the symptoms of depression or anxiety. (more…)
Young boys who can’t sit still in class may be showing signs of the same lack of control that leads to problem gambling in later years, says a new study.
Ohio voted to green light four new casinos around the state this year. Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo are all home to new gambling venues. The state also approved new video lottery machines at more than a half dozen race tracks. The decision to expand gambling in the state has gone hand in hand with efforts to monitor gambling’s impact and provide for gambling addiction services. (more…)
When we hear the words "gambling addiction" we think of someone sitting at the casino, blowing through her paycheck in the hopes of scoring the next big jackpot, but maybe we’ve got it all wrong. In fact, new research suggests that problematic gambling has very little to do with money. (more…)
Betable, a U.S. company, licensed through the British Gambling Commission, is poised to change the world of online betting. Since U.S. laws currently prohibit payouts for online gambling, the software company is looking to market itself where full-on internet gambling is legal and is betting that the U.S. won’t be far behind. What the implications of true money online and mobile gambling may be is less certain than the fact that it will be a money maker for Betable.
With the prevalence of gambling outlets available in not only brick-and-mortar establishments and also online, the opportunity to wager has never been greater. Laptops and smart phones make it possible to gamble virtually any time, anywhere.
Scientists have now discovered that a brain chemical in a certain region of the brains is responsible for reward and sensory systems. This finding is critical to understanding why some people just brush off the hurt and impact of financial losses. (more…)
Pathological gamblers are most likely to get in financial trouble by betting on sports, poker, horse races, and lotteries, according to a study from the University of Sydney.
Researchers from the Department of Psychology interviewed people in rehabilitation centers being treated for compulsive gambling. Over 85% had been betting on sports and no-limit poker games. Playing poker while intoxicated raised the risk for financial difficulties by 15,000%. Blackjack games were mentioned by only one percent in the study.
A recent article in Science Daily addresses research done by the University of Bergen that sheds light on extreme sport athletes obsessed with thrill-seeking adventures and impulse control the same way compulsive gamblers are with their gambling. One major difference though is the gamblers’ lifestyle may lead to economic strife and money woes. (more…)
Pathological gambling has become an increasingly common problem, especially with the advent of online gambling in the last decade. Gambling addictions are similar to other types of addiction in their symptoms, with addicts experiencing a deterioration of personal relationships and professional achievement. (more…)