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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Online Gamblers Use More Alcohol and Marijuana

Internet gambling has become more and more popular for a number of reasons, but with the popularity also comes a dark side according to new research. Internet gamblers are more likely to use marijuana and alcohol than those who go to casinos or poker houses, according to the study. People who gamble on the Internet spend more time gambling and more money than offline gamblers, PsychCentral.com reports.

Concordia University in Montreal studied 8,456 offline-only gamblers and 111 participated in both online and offline gambling. They were asked questions like: how often they gambled in the past year? How much money and time they spent gambling per occasion? How much alcohol and marijuana they used?

“We need to conduct more research looking at individual characteristics, environmental conditions, the object of the addiction (poker, for example) and so on to help us understand whether this group is more at risk for gambling-related problems. The hope would be to ultimately find ways to identify who the people at risk are, why they are at risk and then try to develop preventive measures to reduce the possibility of excessive online gambling”, stated lead researcher Sylvia Kairouz in a news release.

The study appears in the journal: Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking.

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