Gambling and Mental Health
If you are suffering from an addiction to gambling, the first step to overcoming your problem is to understand your behavior. You must resist the urge to gamble and find ways to control your spending. Without money, gambling cannot take place. This is why you must eliminate your credit cards, let a friend or family member handle your money, and close your online betting accounts. It is also advisable to keep small amounts of cash on hand. Once you realize that your problem is more severe than you thought, you can take steps to overcome it.
The study’s data-set and response rate were both good. It was important to measure the frequency of gambling participation to assess risk. This allowed for the comparison of finer renderings of gambling behaviour. The study found that regular participation was associated with PG more than past-year participation, and recommended that such measures be included in future studies. It also notes that there are many other risk factors that can influence a person’s risk of developing a gambling problem, so you should consider all these factors when evaluating a person’s exposure to gambling.
The research has some strengths. It has a large dataset from a representative sample, and its response rate was relatively high. The researchers also measured the frequency of gambling participation, as opposed to past-year participation, which allowed them to compare the finer renderings of gambling behavior. They found that regular participation was more closely associated with PG than past-year participation. Further, they recommend including this measurement in future studies. This study is not the first to find the connection between gambling and mental health, but the results are encouraging.