Gambling Addiction Statistics

(Also Known As: Gambling Statistics, Gambling Problem Statistics, Gaming Statistics, Gaming Addiction Statistics, Addiction Statistics, Compulsion Statistics, Impulse Control Disorder Statistics)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Statistics on Gambling Addiction

  • 4 to 6 percent of regular gamblers can eventually become problem or compulsive gamblers. 10
  • Suicidal attempts among compulsive gamblers range between 17% and 24%.
  • 12.9% of heavy drinkers are more likely to have a gambling related problem as compared to the 5% of non-drinkers.
  • 18% of persons with alcohol dependency had at least 1 gambling related problem and 10% of heavy drinkers could become pathologic gamblers.
  • 76% of pathologic gamblers are likely to have major depressive disorders along with recurrent depressive episodes in 28% of pathologic gamblers. 11
  • The prevalence of problem gambling among the population of age 16 and over is between 0.6% - 0.8%.12
  • 85% of US adults experienced gambling at least once in their lives. 13
  • About 20 to 50 percent of spouses of pathologic gamblers experienced abuse according to National Research Council.

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Gambling Addiction Topics

Related Conditions

Alcohol Addiction – alcohol abuse, withdrawal, dipsomania, alcohol dependence, tolerance
Impulse Control Disorder – pathological gambling, compulsive gambling, obsessive-compulsive disorders.
Intermittent Explosive Disorder – extreme anger, uncontrolled rage, mood changes, sudden outbursts, impulsive behavior
Kleptomania – Urge to hoard things, inability to resist the urge to steal something, urge to commit theft, paranoia
Pyromania – impulsive desire to start fire to relieve tension, obtains self gratification after setting a fire, euphoria, psychosis