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You’re Addicted To Gambling – Now What?  Part I: Stats On Addiction

This is the 1st post in a 3-part series on pathological gambling.  And what’s that, you ask??  Pathological gambling is gambling addiction.  Behaviors such as these are diagnostic:

  • – preoccupation with gambling
  • – inability to control gambling behavior
  • – lying to loved ones about gambling
  • – impaired work or social functioning due to gambling

(See also this previous post about PG (pathological gambling.)

So when does it start?  PG usually begins in someone’s teens or early 20’s, with males having symptoms at an earlier age than females.  However, PG develops more quickly in females after they begin to gamble.

Most interesting is that the type of gambling that women and men get addicted to is different.  Women tend to have problem behavior with “non-strategic” forms of gambling, for example slot machines and bingo.  Men, however, play more “strategic” games in PG, such as sports and card gambling.

Upcoming post #2 in this series:  What are the Behavioral Treatments for PG?

Upcoming post #3 in this series:  What are the Drug Treatments for PG?

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