More than ten million adults globally have asked friends, family and healthcare professionals for help with their gambling addiction problems, according to a new study.
One in 400 adults at some point in his life he needed to ask for help, revealed the research, which compiles the results of 24 international studies, recently published in the addiction. In Portugal there are almost 30 thousand people with gambling addiction problems.
“Gaming issues vary between countries, especially depending on access to these products. If gambling opportunities are widespread, gambling problems are also more present. Online gambling has increased rapidly in recent years and this may also have resulted in an increase in addiction problems,” said Simone Rodda, researcher at Deakin University (Australia).
According to the psychologist, quoted by the Public, the immediate retribution effect is one of the main triggers. “Where there are game machines (like slots in casinos) there are higher rates of addiction problems. The key is how fast the bet is – and the machines allow for a bet every ten seconds, which creates very high engagement,” she explained.
“People never know when they will win and that makes it easier for them to develop problems and create dependency”, he said, warning that “seeking help is a complex process. We still know very little about how people make the decision to talk to someone or what drives them to act on the problem.”
The results of your research show that the request for help is usually made by people who have more serious addiction problems.
In Portugal, until March 31 of this year, almost 120 thousand registered players were self-excluded from the practice of online gambling and betting. In the case of social games, such as “scratchcards”, there are still no self-exclusion mechanisms in the country.
The 2020 report by Santa Casa da Misericórdia revealed that the Portuguese spent approximately 4 million euros a day on games such as “scratch”sought after mainly by people from the lower and lower middle classes.