The Effects Of Gambling Addiction On The Age

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Research Question
How can the amounts gambled by young adults be reduced, and what is the path to overcoming instances of gambling addiction affecting this age group?

Background
Pathological gambling, also known as Ludomania, is an addiction and is clinically referred to as a disorder that can affect people of all ages. Young people between the ages of 18-24 spend more money to gamble than any other age group. This has become a growing problem over the years as our technology has advanced, causing many young people to have little or no money by the age of 30. Many adult pathologic gamblers report having developed gambling problems during their teenage years. (Delfabbro, P, Gambling Research Australia, A review of Australian Gambling Research, August 2008) Although the common perception is that it is just irresponsible and bad behavior, it is actually much more complex than that. Pathological gambling is an addiction rooted in the brain, just like a drug or alcohol addiction. As this generation has been brought up with the new and upcoming technology, many young people have started some form of gambling. Whether it is betting on a sports game, online shopping or even buying a scratchy ticket, they have gambled money away. This leads us to the biggest question. How can we minimize this?

Intervention aims
Like an alcohol or drug addiction, pathological gambling is a long-term disorder that tends to get worse without treatment. Even with treatment, it can be quite common to…
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