Online Gambling Addiction: the Relationship Between Internet Gambling and Disordered Gambling

Curr Addict Rep. 2015;2(2):185-193. doi: 10.1007/s40429-015-0057-8. Epub 2015 Apr 11.


One of the most significant changes to the gambling environment in the past 15 years has been the increased availability of Internet gambling, including mobile; Internet gambling is the fastest growing mode of gambling and is changing the way that gamblers engage with this activity. Due to the high level of accessibility, immersive interface and ease at which money can be spent, concerns have been expressed that Internet gambling may increase rates of disordered gambling. The current paper aimed to provide an overview of the research to date as well as highlight new and interesting findings relevant to Internet gambling addiction. A comprehensive review of the existing literature was conducted to provide an overview of significant trends and developments in research that relates to disordered Internet gambling. This paper presents research to inform a greater understanding of adult participation in Internet gambling, features of this interface that may impact problem severity, the relationship between Internet gambling and related problems, as well as considering the role of the wider spectrum of gambling behaviour and relevant individual factors that moderate this relationship.

Keywords: Addiction; Causation; Determinants; Disordered gambling; Gambling harm; Interactive gambling; Internet gambling; Mental health; Online gambling; Problem gambling; Protective factors; Risk factors.

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