Online gambling is addictive, study finds


The number of people addicted to online gambling has doubled in the past two years, with the average addict spending up to £4,000 a week on the business.

The research from the University of Manchester, which looked at online gaming companies across all of the major online gaming platforms, found that the majority of gambling addicts have previously had gambling addiction.

Online gambling was also found to be more popular among people aged 18 to 24 and those with a high-school education or less.

The average gambling addict spent £1,100 per week on online gaming, compared to £5,000 on conventional gambling.

The study also found that gambling addiction treatment was more effective than traditional treatment, with most of the people who took part in the study taking part in an 18-month programme.

In total, 4,400 people who had gambled online received a treatment in the first six months, and 1,300 more took part for 18 months.

“Gambling addiction is an incredibly complex problem, and the best treatments for it are still very far off,” Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, the study’s lead author, said.

“It’s the type of addiction that can only be overcome by working on a behavioural change and a lifestyle change that is going to be the most difficult to achieve.”

Online gambling has become a popular online gambling platform for some users, with users earning more than £2.3 billion a year through gambling alone.

Gambling companies have been lobbying for tougher regulation, arguing that online gambling is not illegal under the Misuse of Drugs Act and therefore does not have to comply with UK law.

The Government has said it is working on proposals to address the problem.

However, many people in the UK are still using online gambling to score cash or get around restrictions, with gambling often taking place on sites that have been shut down by the authorities.

The number of gambling addiction treatments in the country rose by 33 per cent in the year to June, with an average of 784 people taking part.

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