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Addiction

25 March 2011

Gambling problems more common than drinking problems

After age 21, problem gambling is considerably more common among US adults than alcohol dependence, even though alcohol dependence has received much more attention.

After age 21, problem gambling is considerably more common among US adults than alcohol dependence, even though alcohol dependence has received much more attention, according to researchers at the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions.

Welte and colleagues conducted, then combined, results from two national surveys of gambling and alcohol - one of youth ages 14-21 and the second of adults 18 and older - to identify patterns of US gambling and alcohol use across the lifespan.

They found that gambling, frequent gambling and problem gambling increases in frequency during the teen years, reaches its highest level in the 20s and 30s and then fall off among those over 70.

 

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