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
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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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