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gambling

 [gamb´ling]
betting money or other valuables on the outcome of a game or other event.
pathological gambling an impulse control disorder consisting of persistent failure to resist the urge to gamble, to such an extent that personal, family, and vocational life are seriously disrupted.
An activity in which a person wagers against another person or organization on the likelihood of a particular outcome, either in a game of chance, a sports event or other activity for which the outcome is not known in advance

gambling

Vox populi An activity in which a person wagers against another person–eg, friend, acquaintance, bookmaker or 'bookie', or organization–eg, casino, horse race track, internet company engaged in said activity, either legal or illegal, on the likelihood of a particular outcome, either in a game of chance, or sports event or other activity for which the outcome is not known in advance. See Compulsive gambling.

gambling

1. Wagering or betting.
2. Risking something of value in the hope of winning something even more valuable or rare in exchange.

Patient discussion about gambling

Q. Do people substitute one addiction with another? If someone used to be addicted to alcohol and drugs, but is now clean for several months, is it likely that he will develop an addiction to something else (for example cigarettes or gambling)?

A. I'd just like to add my 2 cents worth: Addictive behavior transfers to just about anything; addiction is the problem. Just as addicts have to learn that alcohol is also a drug, we must recognize that addiction is the problem; it is the behavior that is the problem. A common thing for addicts to do is to stop using drugs (including alcohol) and to substitute with people instead, for example, to become involved in codependent relationships with others, or to recognize that their ongoing relationships may also be codependent. It's not uncommon for individuals to go to CoDA (Codependents Anonymous) in addition to AA/NA or GA(Gambler's Anonymous), MA (Marijuana Anonymous)...Others find it more beneficial to use one program (like NA, e.g.), while realizing that addiction refers to more than just a drug or substance.

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The percent of underage students who reported having gambled in a casino is consistent with results found in previous studies both at UNLV and at other campuses located near gaming opportunities (Knapp & Crossman, in preparation; Stitt, Giacoppassi, & Vandiver, 2000).
In Table 4, one can see that those who reported attending religious services daily to several times a week gambled much less often than those who attended religious services weekly.
Ever gambled Weekly Average Spent Activity n (%) n (%) Monthly ($) Lotto 47 (69) 9 (13) 8.49 Instant scratch tickets 56 (82) 5 (7) 5.09 Lotteries/raffles 42 (62) 1 (2) 2.60 Housie (bingo) 9 (13) 3 (4) 13.78 Horse/dog races 24 (35) 1 (2) 4.21 Gaming machines 35 (52) 0 (0) 3.83 Overseas casinos 10 (15) 0 (0) 4.50 NZ casinos 16 (24) 1 (2) 11.50 Card games 22 (34) 0 (0) 2.59 Dice games 0 (0) 0 (0) 0.00 Gaming/casino evenings 8 (12) 0 (0) 2.50 Bets on events 35 (52) 1 (2) 2.29 Football pools 10 (15) 0 (0) 2.70 Sports betting 11 (16) 2 (3) 4.09 Other 4 (6) 0 (0) 3.75 Any activity 68 (100) 12 (18) 24.63 Note.
Furthermore, those who have gambled as children will know how to gamble, and this increases the accessibility and attractiveness of gambling during adulthood.
While half the students had gambled, Ghandour said the result itself was not surprising to her given the unregulated availability of various gambling options, which could expose youth to a host of other risky behaviors.
Concerning gambling behavior in the past 30 days, we assessed (1) whether participants gambled (2) gambling frequency and (3) gambling-related problems.
(1996) found that more than 50% of their Indigenous sample gambled weekly, while 15% did not gamble at all, with overall gambling participation and frequency significantly higher than for the non-Indigenous gamblers in their study.
However, there was a greater percentage of Whites who gambled on the Internet at least weekly than African Americans (7.5% versus 2.8% respectively) (Petry & Weinstock, 2007).
Approximately 4.6% of underage students (grades 7-12) in Hong Kong gambled online (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2002).
Definition Gambled frequently but did not feel any compulsion to gamble.
In addition, 11% of the youth surveyed gambled twice per week or more, a rate that describes frequent gambling.
In the 1980s, it was estimated that 45% had gambled during the past year (range: 20% to 86%) (Jacobs, 2004).