Gambling — whether it be the lottery, scratch cards, casino games, bingo, slot machines, internet poker, or sports betting — is more acceptable and accessible than ever before. For most people, gambling is a recreational activity. But for a significant minority, it progresses to a serious problem.
Gambling is the only behavioral addiction classified with substance abuse and addictive disorders. Neuroscience research has shown that gambling addicts have a lot in common with drug and alcohol addicts, including changes in behavior and brain activity.
Read my latest article for Brain Facts: Gambling Addiction and the Brain.