|A report conducted by communications students, under the guidance of their teacher, Barbara Kelly, found that online gambling is regarded by gambling students as being more appealing than drinking and they don’t regard gambling as a problem. The report shows that many who have won large amounts, including at Las Vegas casinos, assume that they are going to win big again. |
But problem gamblers, which may comprise 15% of the students who gamble as opposed to the 3 to 5 percent of the non-students who gamble, lose an average of $30,000 a year, most of it going onto credit cards.
University conduct codes do not mention gambling at all. ‘People who are young are characteristically risky with drugs, alcohol, sex and gambling,' says Christine Reilly, a researcher at the Harvard Medical School's Division on Addiction, 'and are at a higher risk of these behaviors developing into addictions.'
Problem gambling online or off line is more acute in young male college students by a ratio of 9 to1 over females. Durand Jacobs, a clinical professor of medicine at Loma Linda University, says, 'Young males seek excitement from pervasive boredom ... Gambling is like an upper drug, such as cocaine. It produces abnormal arousal levels.'
And the academic journal, ‘Neuron’, published the finding of a study done by researchers -- gambling affects the same areas of the brain that are affected by the use of cocaine, and other euphoria-inducing drugs. Dr. Kim Bullock of the Stanford University School of Medicine, who studies impulse-control problems, says addicts gamble to try to vainly fill an emotional emptiness that is caused by depression.