Online Gambling Addiction on the Rise

Published May 2, 2002 by OCR Editor

Online Gambling Addiction on the Rise

It's easy access and hassle free environment, has sent a stir running through the medical community, on the apparent rise in gambling addictions.

Online Gambling has never been more popular. It's easy access and hassle free environment, has sent a stir running through the medical community, on the apparent rise in gambling addictions. Many related situations have surfaced, as addicts seek help and treatment. People are less aware and understanding of a gambling addiction, then to an alcohol or drug problem.

Your automatic response in dealing with such a problem would be to lock your mother's china and hide grandma's old jewels. Unfortunately there is more to a gambling addiction then you think. Studies have shown that there maybe a correlation between the amounts of dopamine released in the brain, to that of the effects a euphoric drug, like cocaine has. Dopamine is a strong chemical that controls behavior, which may in fact indicate that a gambling addiction is an impulse-controlling disorder. The signs of a gambling addiction are similar to that of a person diagnosed with a compulsive disorder.

Being preoccupied with gambling, finding ways to get money you don't have, and the high increase on money bet is similar to the behavior of a drug addict or alcoholic. When aware of the problem, addicts tend to become irritable and restless when an attempt to stop on their own doesn't work.

See also

Teens More Vulnerable to Online Gambling Addiction

Smartphones: Feeding Gambling Addiction?

Sex, Drugs, Alcohol and...Gambling?

Gambling Advertising Expenditures on the Rise in UK

As the Spanish Market Grows, the Government Invests in More Protection


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