Navigation Links
Internet Is Playing a Part in Spread of Problem Gambling

THURSDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) -- Problem gambling will become more widespread because of the increasing availability, especially online, of gambling opportunities, said experts who called for more research to improve understanding and treatment of the disorder.

While most people gamble as an enjoyable social activity, "a small group of people become too seriously involved in terms of time invested and money wagered, and they continue to gamble despite substantial and negative personal, social, family and financial effects," wrote Professor David C. Hodgins of the University of Calgary, Canada, and colleagues.

Problem gambling is often accompanied by other disorders, they said in an article published online and in an upcoming print issue of The Lancet. For example, pathological gamblers (those with the most severe gambling problem) have a four times increased risk of alcohol abuse, a five to six times increased risk of drug abuse, and a four times increased risk of some form of mood disorder.

Genetic factors play a role in gambling disorders, as do environmental factors such as accessibility to gambling, location and type of gambling establishment, and childhood exposure to gambling through parents with a gambling problem.

Only one in 10 problem gamblers seeks treatment. This reluctance to find help mainly results from shame, denial and a desire to handle the problem on their own, the authors explained. For those who do seek treatment, options include cognitive behavioral therapy, drugs, family therapy and interventions such as Gamblers Anonymous.

Research suggests that about one-third of problem gamblers recover and that the disorder is transient and episodic in many cases.

"There is substantial comorbidity of gambling disorders and mental and substance use disorders. How concurrent disorders should be addressed in gambling treatment is not well understood and has not been empirically studied," the authors wrote in a journal news release. Most of what is known about gambling disorders has been discovered in the past 25 years, they said.

"Our knowledge continues to evolve in parallel with a burgeoning availability of gambling opportunities," they wrote. "Internet gambling, for example, is providing around-the-clock home access to several types of gambling activities to an increasing number of people around the world. Thus, although substantial progress has been made, this evolution warrants, and is likely to encourage, more innovative research into gambling disorders and its translation into clinical progress."

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about problem gambling.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: The Lancet, news release, May 18, 2011

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. New Report: The Internet Has More Influence Over Consumer Health Actions than Traditional DTC Channels
2. KPA and TK Carsites offer HR, OSHA and Internet Marketing Workshops at the NADA Convention and Expo 2010
3. NABP Commends Googles VIPPS-Accreditation Requirement for Internet Pharmacy Advertisers
4. WebMD to Present at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference 2010
5. Local Entrepreneur Launches Internet & Direct Marketing Consulting Firm Graham Gibson Uses Success In Business To Help Others
6. People Still Trust Their Doctors Rather Than the Internet
7. Now Offering Internet Loan Service in Texas
8. Internet Security Problems Solved - A New Internet Security Group Defeats CyberCrime in West Virginia
9. buySAFE, Inc. Releases a Breakthrough White Paper that is a Must Read for Every Internet Retailer Interested in Increasing Website Conversion
10. Congress Approves Bill Curbing Internet Tobacco Sales in Victory for Kids and Taxpayers
11. Intellicomm Launches Innoport Express with a Pay As You Go Internet Fax Service
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Internet  Is Playing a Part in Spread of Problem Gambling 
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Asante, a nationally recognized ... have expanded their existing home health joint venture through an agreement, effective October ... a joint venture home health company with Asante, delivering clinically integrated care, for ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... Mohebi Hair Restoration, has recently contributed a medical article to the newly revamped ... Dr. Mohebi’s article spotlights the hair transplant procedure known as Follicular ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... ... Leading pediatric oncology experts at Children’s National Health System will ... the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Oct. 12-15. Chaired by Jeffrey ... Disorders at Children’s National, and Stephen P. Hunger, M.D., Chief of the Division ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Women-owned and Grand ... Best and Brightest in Wellness® by Best and Brightest. OnSite Wellness will be ... Oct. 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henry Autograph Collection ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... in property taxes a year. In some states—like New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, ... contrast, many overseas retirement havens have extremely low property-tax rates, which contributes to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/4/2017)... to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza vaccination ... is helping communities across Massachusetts , Connecticut ... flu shots through the end of the month. *Some exclusions ... ... shot is by the end of October, according to the Centers for ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... , Oct. 2, 2017  AllianceRx Walgreens Prime, the ... by Walgreens and pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics LLC ... brand, which included the unveiling of new signage at ... as well as at a few other company-owned facilities ... brand to patients, some of whom will begin to ...
(Date:9/28/2017)... Sept. 28, 2017 Cohen Veterans Bioscience and ... use of wearable and home sensors for real-time monitoring ... Signal Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on disruptive health ... an affordable analytical system to record and integrate behavioral, ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: