ADDICTA: The Turkish Journal on Addictions
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Gambling Disorder: The Data from Samsun Province

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Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ahi Evran University, Kırşehir, Turkey

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Department of Psychiatry, Samsun Mental Health and Disorders Hospital, Samsun, Turkey

Addicta 2021; 8: 181-185
DOI: 10.5152/ADDICTA.2021.21122
Read: 306 Downloads: 188 Published: 01 December 2021

This study aims to identify the characteristics of patients who sought treatment for gambling disorder in the province of Samsun. The study data were obtained from the files of individuals who were referred to the AMATEM polyclinic for gambling problems. Almost all of the individuals with gambling disorders were males. The mean age was 35.7 ± 9 years, the mean age of onset of gambling was 24.1 ± 8 years, and the mean time spent on gambling was 10 ± 2 years. Of the patients, 88.2% were smokers, 67.6% were alcohol users, and 11.8% were substance users. The most favored games included Sports Toto/Loto/Bets and online gambling and betting games. Of the patients, 64.7% were gambling every day. The rate of harm suffered due to gambling behavior was 85.6%. The most affected area was family relationships, followed by financial problems. Gambling disorder leads to detrimental effects in many areas similar to those of alcohol and substance use disorders. The rate of harm suffered by the individuals because of their gambling behavior is quite high. It is necessary to create support opportunities that people can easily access before they lose control of their gambling behavior.

Cite this article as: Oruç, M. A., Aras, N., & Ünsal Çelebi, D. (2021). Gambling disorder: The data from Samsun province. Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions., 8(3), 181-185.

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