The problem of addiction to gambling is not limited to the United States, as well.
A growing number of countries have seen increases in the number of people gambling after years of prohibition.
Gambling addiction is becoming more common in Europe, where a growing number have become addicted to the games, according to a report by the International Centre for Substance Abuse.
“There are many people around the world who are addicted to gambling.
I think there is a real opportunity for us to work together to develop a new approach,” said John Pritchard, a professor of clinical psychology at Queen Mary University of London.
He is calling on governments and the media to better understand the issue.
Some countries have decriminalised gambling, while others have decriminalized the sale of alcohol and gambling.
Experts are also working on how to reduce the impact of gambling addiction, including by encouraging people to get help.
In the United Kingdom, where the number one source of gambling-related deaths is heroin, experts are looking at a program called “A Night Out”.
“We have got to work with parents and with the government to encourage them to engage their kids and get them off drugs, and that will lead to a reduction in the risk of gambling,” Pritchel said.
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Researchers are also seeing a rise in the numbers of people who are struggling to quit gambling.
The UK, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan have all reported increases in gambling-dependent adults over the past year, according the BBC.
Australia’s figures have been even more dramatic, with more than 10 per cent of adults in the country reporting gambling-induced psychosis in the last three years, according a study published last month.
Dr John Clements, a lecturer in psychiatry at the University of Sydney, said that while people with gambling addiction often struggle to quit, they can have a life-changing impact on their relationships, family and communities.
“Gambling-addicted adults often have a hard time coping with a crisis that comes with losing a loved one, because they may not know how to cope with the stigma that comes along with it,” he said.
“But if they can talk to their family about it and talk to someone who is an expert in their area and have that help, they may be able to get through it and get on with their lives.”
Dr Clements said it was not uncommon for people who struggle with gambling to be referred to psychologists or social workers.
The BBC reported last year that a young Australian man who had struggled with gambling was diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia.
Despite this, he was allowed to continue his work as a doctor in Australia, and his recovery is credited with helping millions of Australians regain their lives.
Pritchard said he was particularly impressed with a program he ran in the United kingdom, where addicts are offered a year-long program to deal with the negative impact of their gambling addiction on their lives and relationships.
That program, known as “Sick as a Dog”, has been widely praised for its work.
But he warned against the use of the program as a model for countries where there are no effective approaches.
Instead, he said, the government should encourage gambling addiction treatment as a national priority.
“I think we should be very, very careful that we’re not jumping on this bandwagon and then we’re going to end up in a situation where we’re saying, ‘Well, it’s not about the drugs, it doesn’t matter if we have a government program that’s going to help all addicts’.”