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Psychological medicine

Gambling disorders: help for patients and families

Alex Blaszczynski

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Abstract

Problem gambling can have serious consequences for individuals and their families, but evidence indicates that this is a treatable disorder. By providing relevant information and support, clinicians can help individuals regain control over their behaviour.

Article Extract

Gambling is an iconic part of our Australian cultural heritage. Epidemiological surveys consistently indicate that up to 80% of adults engage in some form of commercial gambling over their lifetime, most commonly lotteries, including Lotto, and electronic gaming machines in clubs and hotels. Similar findings have been reported in international jurisdictions.

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