Most people gamble responsibly
According to psychologists, about 5% of adults are addicted one way or another. Pathological gamblers are among this 5%. Most gamblers visit casinos less than 10 times a year and are able to consciously control this hobby. According to the data provided by various studies, compulsive gamblers amount to 5-10% of regular casino visitors.
Gambling addiction is a disorder
The gradually emerging gambling addiction is an emotional disorder, which can be diagnosed and treated. Three main phases of the disorder can be observed: the first one is the “Winning” phase, which lasts for 1–3 years; during the second phase, the player loses everything and starts borrowing money expecting to win everything back; however, after a while the player loses everything again, including the borrowed money. During the third stage, a significant number of gamblers make money for gambling by illegal means. Simple tests to individually assess the degree of gambling addiction risk can be found on the website of the State Gaming Authority.
Gaming Control Authority
Ukmergės g. 222, Vilnius
Tel. (8-5) 233 62 46
Consultation on problem gambling:
Centre of Consulting Psychology
Doctor Psychiatrist Vilma Andrejauskienė