Barriers to and Reasons for Treatment Initiation Among Gambl… : The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

Identifying barriers to seeking treatment is essential for increasing problem gambler treatment initiation in the community, given that as few as 1 in 10 problem gamblers ever seek treatment. Further, many problem gamblers who take the initial step of contacting problem gambling help-lines do not subsequently go on to attend face-to-face treatment. There is limited research examining reasons for attending treatment among this population…

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CAMH – Gambling and Problem Behavior Among 14- to 16-Year-Old Boys and Girls in Finland

The aim of this study is to examine the associations between problem behavior and gambling frequency among eighth- and ninth-grade boys and girls (N = 101,167). Data were obtained from the cross-sectional School Health Promotion Study. Outcome measures were adolescents’ truancy, bullying, delinquency, and substance use. Polychotomous logistic regression analyses were used to study the relationship between gambling frequency and risk behaviors in a total sample, as well as separately for boys and girls. In 2010, 62% of the adolescents had gambled during the previous year, and in 2011, 61% of the adolescents had done so…

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The Association Between At-risk Gambling and Binge Drinking in the General Swedish Population

While the association between problem gambling and alcohol use disorders has been studied previously, little is known about the association between risk gambling and risk drinking. This study aimed at examining the association between at-risk gambling and binge drinking in the general Swedish population and to test whether this association remained after controlling for demographic factors. The data was part of a larger ongoing survey in the general Swedish population…

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The Relationship Between Stress and Motivation in Pathological Gambling: a Focused Review and Analysis – Online First – Springer

This article reviews key findings on stress, motivation, and pathological gambling (PG). Environmental and dispositional sources of stress that promote PG are described, along with effects of acute stressors on risk-based decision-making. Gambling itself has stress-like physiological effects, activating norepinephrine (NE), cortisol (CORT), and, in PG subjects, dopamine (DA). Chronic exposure to gambling could evoke neuroadaptations in these systems, and motivation to…

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Games in the Brain: Neural Substrates of Gambling Addiction. – PubMed – NCBI

As a popular form of recreational risk taking, gambling games offer a paradigm for decision neuroscience research. As an individual behavior, gambling becomes dysfunctional in a subset of the population, with debilitating consequences. Gambling disorder has been recently reconceptualized as a “behavioral addiction” in the DSM-5, based on emerging parallels with substance use disorders. Why do some individuals undergo this transition from recreational to disordered gambling? The biomedical model of problem gambling is a “brain disorder” account that posits an underlying neurobiological abnormality. This article first delineates the neural circuitry that underpins gambling-related decision making, comprising ventral striatum, ventromedial prefrontal cortex, dopaminergic midbrain, and insula, and presents evidence for pathophysiology in this circuitry in gambling disorder. These biological dispositions become translated into clinical disorder through the effects of gambling games…

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Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy – Enhancing media sport consumption: Online gambling in European football (Literature & Culture Collection) – Informit

This article explores the intersections between sports bodies, media companies and gambling industries in European football. While betting, communication and sport have maintained an ongoing relationship for over two centuries, this article argues that the digitalisation of betting platforms has reconfigured the links between the traditional actors and created a new ‘online football betting ecology’. We elaborate on the intricate relationships of betting sites with top European football institutions via sponsorship, and on the role of the media, influencers and celebrities in the promotion of betting companies…

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Justifications of national gambling policies in France and Finland : Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

AIMS – The principles of free trade and free circulation of services within the European Union have created pressures to make the strictly controlled European gambling markets more open. According to the Court of Justice of the European Union, restrictions on gambling are only allowed if they are justified in admissible terms of consumer protection, prevention of criminal activity and protection of public order. This study compares the gambling laws of two European societies, France and Finland, to analyse how their legal frames of gambling have been adjusted to these principles…

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