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Teens are at risk for gambling addiction

March 19, 2014
By NICOLE DROZDIEL, MSW - Beacon Light Behavioral Health , Times Observer

Adolescents are at a higher risk for developing a gambling disorder than adults. About one to two percent (or approximately 6-8 million) of American adults have the most severe form of gambling addiction. However, anywhere from two percent to seven percent of young people will become addicted to gambling. Studies have shown links between adolescent problem gambling and other problems, such as substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, mental health issues and problems at school.



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