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Monday, 29 November 2010

Gambling away your health..

Although just a correlation, a recent study has found that Pathological Gamblers are at risk of Mental Health Disorders - they are 3 times more likely to commit suicisde than non-gamblers.

"..Pathological gamblers account for five percent of all suicides. These staggering statistics motivated us to study the difference between gamblers and non-gamblers," says study co-author, Richard Boyer.

The study examined 122 suicides between 2006 and 2009 and found that 49 (40%) were pathological gamblers.

Those committing suicide were found to be twice as likely to be suffering from Specific Mental Disorders than other suicide cases, suggesting that the personality disorder is a significant flag towards increased suicide risk.

Boyer reported that there are three elements generally recognised: depression, alcohol or drug consumption and a personality disorder. They believed that it was the interaction between these problems that led ultimately to suicide.

But they didn't stop there. The study also found that gamblers who committed suicide were three times less likely to have seen the doctor the year preceding their death.

Boyer believes this is because they see their financial or alcohol/drug problems as a result of their gambling addiciton and seek help for that rather than get help for their other issues.

Do you know anybody in your life with a gambling problem? It could affect anybody! Just keep an eye out for the warning signs and remember that gambling may not be their only problem!

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