How Addictive is Online Gambling?Published September 21, 2009 by OCR Editor
A new survey of over 9,000 gamblers in the UK has indicated that gambling addiction is ten times more prevalent in online casinos than it is at land based venues.
Experts disagree over online gambling.
The findings have been met with a mixed response; with many querying their accuracy and wondering why they should be at odds with the outcomes of other respected studies.
'Internet gambling: A secondary analysis of findings from the 2007 British Gambling Prevalence Survey' was carried out by Mark Griffiths, Professor of Gambling Studies at Nottingham Trent University, in collaboration with Professor Jim Orford. The findings directly contradict research by both Harvard Med and the National Responsible Gambling Program of South Africa, which both found to the contrary.
Some have queried the impartiality of both researchers. Professor Orford, in particular, has previously made statements against the relaxation of restrictions on gambling in the UK.
The report not only hightlights online gambling as a particular issue but suggests that the same media should be used to provide readily available addiction guidance and advice.
The research findings were rolled out at last week's British Psychological Society's Social Psychology Section annual conference.