Thursday February 20, 2020

The age of chance

With huge losses per head of population, Ireland has long been a hotspot of problem gambling. Dr Sabina Brennan, author of a new book on the subject, looks at why the practice has such a strong hold over this country

17th March, 2019

Welcome to Gambling Nation. Ireland has the highest online gambling losses per capita globally, and the third highest overall gambling losses per capita, at €2.1 billion per annum. It’s estimated that 45,000 people in this country are living with “severe pathological gambling addiction”, with a further 110,000 dealing with problem gambling.

But what exactly happens inside our brains when we gamble? Why do we find gambling rewarding? And how can problem gamblers kick...

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