Problem gambling is gambling behavior which causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social or vocational. The term "Problem Gambling" includes, but is not limited to, the condition known as "Pathological", or "Compulsive" Gambling, a progressive addiction characterized by; increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness …∞
What are the social and economic effects of gambling addiction? In 1998 the National Gambling Impact Study Commission funded a study to determine the overall cost to society posed by problem and pathological gamblers in the United States. The results showed that approximately $5 billion was lost annually, with an additional $40 billion in lifetime …∞
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What are the “three phases” of gambling addiction? The progressive, downward cycle of pathological gambling typically follows a pattern of increasing involvement in the addictive behavior. Robert L. Custer, M.D., identified the development of the disease as following three phases: During the winning phase, gamblers experience a big win-or a series of wins-that leaves them …∞