Gambling can be fun and an occasional social experience, but it can also turn into a habit that creates stress. Fortunately, there are ways to understand why you gamble, and to change your habits. Many organisations offer support to those with gambling problems. Some offer counselling while others provide support to affected family members. By understanding your reasons for gambling, you can take steps to stop the destructive habits before they get out of hand.
Problem gamblers are more likely to be younger
It is believed that younger men are more susceptible to developing problem gambling habits than older men. However, this does not necessarily follow the usual stereotype. The majority of problem gamblers are male. However, there are also some female problem gamblers. A survey by ALSPAC found that problem gamblers are more likely to be younger. The study also showed that men were more likely to develop these habits than women.
According to the study, 20% of young adults reported problem gambling, and another 5-7% were moderate-risk gamblers. These rates remained relatively stable between age 20 and 24. These gamblers showed greater signs of impulsivity, sensation seeking, and an external locus of control than non-problem gamblers. In addition, they were more likely to be addicted to nicotine and alcohol, which are both known risk factors for gambling.
They gamble more
Research has shown that adolescents are more likely to engage in pathological gambling than their white, black, or Latino counterparts. These adolescents report feeling guilty about their losses, missing school, and lying about winnings. In addition to exhibiting risky gambling habits, teens may also feel anxious, depressed, or guilty.
They gamble more often than non-gamblers
Researchers found that gamblers have a higher risk of developing gambling problems than non-gamblers. This increased risk is associated with higher rates of substance abuse and mental health problems, as well as higher rates of problem gambling. Furthermore, problem gamblers are more likely to have experienced at least one gambling-related problem within the past year. The study also found that problem gamblers were more likely to have exhibited symptoms of depression, anxiety, and self-harm.
There is a moderate decline in gambling prevalence with age. The prevalence of gambling was highest among those aged 18 to 30 and the lowest among those aged 61+. However, the odds of developing pathological gambling fell dramatically with age.