Internet Gamblers More Likely to Use Alcohol, Marijuana Than Offline Gamblers

AHEYMHPeople who engage in Internet gambling, such as online poker, are more likely to use alcohol and marijuana than those who gamble offline, a new study suggests.

Online gamblers also were found to be involved in more types of gambling, and spent more money and time playing, PsychCentral.com reports.

Researchers from Concordia University in Montreal studied 8,456 offline-only gamblers and 111 people who gambled both online and offline. Participants were asked how often they gambled in the past year, how much money and time they spent gambling on a typical occasion, and how much alcohol and marijuana they used.

Full story on internet gamblers and substance abuse at DrugFree.org

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Family Violence: Treatment of Perpetrators and Victims

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Nursing: Safe Patient Handling

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Compulsive shopping: When spending is like substance abuse

By Elizabeth Landau

Compulsive Shopping a Addiction(CNN) — The purse was by designer Baby Phat, and it was only $5. But when Elizabeth Deiter bought it at the thrift store where she works, she immediately had to run over to the bank and deposit money to avoid running a negative balance.

She and her husband only recently caught up on their rent, after four or five months, and Deiter has close to 100 purses already, but she still went for the bargain. In thinking about this and other splurges on things she didn’t need, Deiter has begun to consider herself a compulsive shopper.

“I am ashamed of it,” says Deiter, 22, of Reading, Pennsylvania. “I’ve screwed up a lot. I know I should stop.”

With holiday season discounts running rampant online and in stores, it’s especially easy to fall into the trap of overspending this month, especially if you have a problem with impulse control at the mall. But beyond carelessness with finances, compulsive shopping is a mental disorder that psychologists recognize, although it has not been studied extensively.

Full story of compulsive shopping at CNN

How I Stopped Drowning in Drink (VIDEO)

By Paul Carr

How To Stop DrinkingFor years I’d told myself I wasn’t an alcoholic. I never drank alone. I didn’t wake up with fierce cravings, and sometimes I went for one or two days without drinking. A need to drink all day, every day, was never my problem.

My problem was that once I had a drink—whether it was at 7 p.m. or 9 a.m.—I couldn’t stop until my body shut down and I passed out in a pile on the floor. I still had plenty of friends and still managed to hold down a job, but my relationship with alcohol was very obviously different from most people’s. I was an alcoholic.

As of Saturday, the counter on my website says "878 days." Eight hundred seventy-eight days since I had my last alcoholic drink. Eight hundred seventy-eight days since I declared—very publicly—that my drinking had passed the point where it was funny, crazy or even merely dangerous. In fact, my addiction to alcohol had reached a stage where it was highly likely to kill me.

Enough was enough. So I decided to quit. But I didn’t do it in the typical way.

Full story of a alcoholic’s life at The Wall Street Journal

Young gamer addicts linked to depression

By Adele Horin

Young Gamers Linked to DepressionCHILDREN addicted to video games are more likely to suffer depression, anxiety and social phobias and may need professional help to recover, a visiting researcher says.

Once their gaming is back to normal levels, their psychological problems shift, and their mood and school work improve, says Douglas Gentile, a lead researcher on two major studies of video game addiction.

Dr Gentile, an associate professor in psychology at Iowa State University, will be guest speaker at the Corporate Takeover of Childhood conference in Melbourne next month.

His study of 1178 American children found nearly one in 10 gamers to be pathological players and his study of 3034 Singapore youngsters found a similar level of addiction, measured according to standards established for diagnosing gambling addiction.

Full story of gamer addicts and depression at The Age