Problem Gambling Grows Among Adolescents

By Staff Writer

The internet has opened up new realms of gambling for many people who previously would not have had access to casinos. Now, individuals can simply log on and wager large sums of money. However, experts warn that this has led to an increase in gambling addiction, especially among adolescents.

In fact, a new study from Canadian researchers found that nearly half of all young people between grades 7 and 12 admitted to gambling, while 3 percent reported gambling addictions. Online betting was listed as one of the most common forums for gambling.

Researchers from Canada’s Center for Addiction and Mental Health also found that addicts were more likely to engage in risky behaviors. Their findings showed that they were 11 times more likely to be involved in gang activity and carry a handgun.

Rehab facilities may be necessary to help these youths kick their dangerous addictions and eliminate the associated risky behavior, researchers said. Failure to do so could lead to a lifetime of financial troubles and strained relationships, which experts say are common results of problem gambling.