Addiction

Study: Online Gambling Leads to Addiction

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A new study has found that online gambling could lead to increased gambling addiction.

The study out of the University of Calgary concluded that making it easier for people to gamble will lead to addiction.

"Online gambling is a new format, an accessible format," said professor David Hodgins. "The concern is when it becomes promoted that it will be drawing new people into gambling. So you will have people who have never gambled, who have never walked into a casino, getting involved."

Hodgins said provinces in Canada that allow Video Lottery Terminals in bars and lounges are experiencing higher rates of addiction than those that only allow the machines in casinos, according to a report from The Epoch Times.

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"Accessibility of gambling is one of the factors that influences the number of people who get [addicted]," he said. "Online gambling—you can’t get more accessible than that."

Hodgins said he is seeing a disturbing trend -- more and more young people are becoming addicted to gambling. He said this is because online gambling has been around their entire life, and they have been used to it from a very young age.

"We really have to be monitoring carefully," he said.