Gambling Addiction


A gambling addiction has negative physical, psychological, and social effects. It is classified as an impulse control disorder and can have devastating consequences for the individual’s life. Individuals who engage in problem gambling may suffer from health problems such as intestinal disorders and migraines. They may also develop feelings of despondency and hopelessness and may even attempt suicide. This issue requires immediate medical intervention to treat it effectively. This article discusses the different ways to recognize and treat a gambling addiction.

Although most youth do not gamble regularly, some do, and some do so excessively. Both adults and youth engage in gambling. Adults participate in commercial gambling such as buying lottery tickets, while youth engage in informal gambling. Depending on jurisdiction, the legal age to gamble is typically between eighteen and twenty-one years old. For this reason, some youth may celebrate reaching legal gambling age by visiting a casino, or may even obtain lottery products from an underage gambler.

The present study found that there is a strong association between gambling and PG, especially when the two variables are controlled for, or even uncontrolled for, other factors. The study found that people who gambled more often were more likely to be involved in PG. It is also important to note that gambling is not a universal vice; instead, different people may have different preferences. This is why assessing the risk associated with gambling is critical. The study also identifies factors that affect gambling risk.