Compulsive gambling can be a powerful way for people to feel good about themselves, and some are so addicted they will often gamble for a long time.
But the addiction has also been linked to other factors including poverty, mental health issues and economic hardship.
In a new study, researchers looked at data from the General Social Survey and found that the more people reported that they were addicted to gambling, the more likely they were to be considered socially unacceptable, a risk factor for gambling addiction.
The researchers, led by sociologist John Daley, also examined the prevalence of gambling-related disorders, which included gambling addiction and compulsive personality disorder.
They found that people with compulsive gamblers were more likely to be unemployed, less likely to have high school diplomas and more likely than other groups to be poor.
“We were not looking at gambling as a social problem,” Daley said in a statement.
“It’s a problem that can be managed through education and treatment.”
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