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They're Risking Their Future

May 16, 2008
by Gary Enos
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Be sure to take a look at a study that will be published in the June issue of the Journal of Gambling Studies, because you'll see some rather startling numbers regarding gambling's influence on young people. The study indicates that if you walked into a typical high school or college classroom with just over 20 students, it's pretty safe to assume that at least two of the students in the room engage in gambling activity twice a week or more. Researchers from the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions place the rate of problem gambling (defined as gambling that results in three or more negative consequences, from a list that includes stealing to support the activity) in the 14-to-21 age group at 2.1%. The researchers added that there seems to be a link between gambling and the arrival of major transitional phases in a young person's life, such as graduation and living independently from parents.

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