Adolescent: Problem gambling behavior
exists in 6-20% of the adolescent population. In fact adolescents
are 2 to 4 times more likely than adults to have this problem.
Because social gambling quickly moves to problem gambling, and
wagering is thought of as an adult privilege, adolescents are more
susceptible to developing this behavior. Approximately 2 out of 3
Women: There are two types of women
gamblers--those seeking escape and those seeking excitement. Those
seeking escape are able to enter a "dissociative state" when
gambling, and therefore temporarily avoid unpleasant circumstances
or even become a different person. There is a high incidence of
depression among women who gamble compulsively, and distress over
relationships seems to be an equally common factor.
Problem gamblers have 2 to 3 times higher incident rate of
substance misuse than other women, and may substitute one problem
for another.* (* "Women and Problem Gambling." The Women's
Older Adults: Many adults begin
gambling more frequently later in life. It is important to know the
difference between social and problem gambling. It becomes a
problem when it has a negative effect on ones life and the lives of
people close to them. Not all gambling is problem gambling.
It may be merely an occasional social activity. However, this
may lead to problem gambling. Gambling may also be used as a coping
mechanism. Older adults are often widowed and frequently suffer
losses of lifelong friends; may be geographically separated from
loved one's; or may be simply bored or unhappy with retirement.
Many older adults are unaware of the problems excessive gambling
may cause and the potential for addiction.
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