Oct 9th 2007
Online Gambling Addiction

Once the whole world gained knowledge of the real degree of casino gambling addiction in the United Kingdom, as it was reported in the official gambling addiction problem survey, the biggest of its kind in eight years, which was requested by the Gambling Commission, we were left with the main query: What is online gambling addiction? First we should identify the different studies, all contributing to the better understanding of the culture at large, which approximate the level of the observable fact.

At the same time as we will presume the statistics of about 250,000 addicts (of the 3.5 million British people who gamble online regularly) are the true statistics, other studies say a fifth of regular players are showing gambling addiction symptoms. Also other statistics and ratios proliferate. The line between a regular player and one presenting gambling addiction symptoms is to be found in the private lives of gamblers.

Forgetting about one's family, job duties or even essential needs (food and sleep) or personal hygiene are loud and clear gambling addiction symptoms. Another aspect of online gambling addiction is teenage gambling addiction. Youngsters who not have any other obligations in life and who do not know better, short of life experience, are drawn to online gaming. They are either by now problem gamblers or will become in time.

Signs of casino gambling addictionhave lately come into view in rather surprising places. In the Netherlands, where addiction rehabilitation centers offer gambling addiction therapy and gambling addiction counseling and the awareness of gambling addiction problems exists, some gamblers wind up at drug and alcohol centers.

Non-profit organization, religious institutions, professors, professionals, and the casinos themselves in in an uphill struggle to develop gambling addiction treatments. There are all new methods to look one self in the mirror and ask: is all under control? For the most essential aspect of gambling, next to the fun of playing, is control.

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