About a third of problem gamblers
will recover on their own without treatment and – about 2 in 3
will continue to have problems, which tend to get worse.
Don’t wait until life does not seem worth living. If you get
help, you will feel better and avoid many problems with your life
You can refer yourself by calling or emailing
the contacts below:
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Statistical Manual of mental disorders (4th ed, text
rev) Washington, DC.
- British Gambling Prevalence Survey (2007). Gambling Commission,
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non-relapsed abstinent pathological gamblers following behavioural
treatment. British Journal of Addiction, 86, 1485-1489.
- Griffiths MD (1990) The acquisition, development, and
maintenance of fruit machine gambling in adolescents. Journal of
Gambling Studies, 6, 193-204.
- Ladouceur R et al (2002) Understanding and treating
pathological gambling. New York, Wiley.
- Petry N (2005) Pathological Gambling. American Psychological
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smoking and other health risk activities among casino employees.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 36, 365-378.
- Wohl MJA et al (2002) The effects of near wins and near losses
on self-perceived personal luck and subsequent gambling behaviour.
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 39, 184-191.
(2007) National Survey of Gambling
This leaflet was produced by the RCPsych Public Education Editorial
Series Editor: Dr Philip
Original Author: Dr Henrietta
Editorial Board: Dr Jim
Bolton, Dr Martin Briscoe, Dr Jonathan Dewhurst, Dr Jennifer Drife,
Deborah Hart, Dr Ashok Kumar, Dr Ros Ramsay, Dr Ajoy Thachil
Expert review: Faculty of
Addictions' Users and Carers Group
Illustration by Lo Cole
© March 2017 Royal College of
Due for review March 2020.