A recent study held by researchers from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) has found that addictive gambling, as well as other behavioural addictions, has been a condition relating to the common health of urban India’s population.
The findings of the survey have been published in the Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry’s recent issue. A total of 3,250 individuals took part in the research, with 1.2% of them facing excessive gambling along with an addiction to television, mobile phones or even eating.
The head of the Service for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) clinic at the Institute, Manoj Kumar Sharma, who is also the lead author of the above-mentioned study, has revealed that unfortunately, there is lack of solid evidence that there is a relationship between compulsive gambling and other forms of addiction. As he explained, the research is the first of its kind for a community-based setting from India.
Dr. Sharma further noted that researchers found 1.2% prevalence of probable gambling addiction in the 18-50 age group. An interesting fact is that no women in the sample reported problem gambling.