Gambling addiction is a significant problem among Natives in Canada and the United States; however, there is little research on the topic. A new study by researchers at the University of Buffalo aims to provide some insight, delving into the issue of problem gambling and its link with alcoholism in Native communities.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) awarded the research team $416,000 for the project. It will take a look at how the availability of gambling among Natives affects problem gambling rates while exploring its connection with alcohol abuse.
With Native Americans accounting for less than 5% of the population, there have only been a few studies on the topic of gambling in this particular community. However, problem gambling is a growing issue, as previous studies have indicated that at least 14% of Native Americans suffer from gambling addiction. As such, the community seems to be underrepresented when it comes to problem gambling research.
The connection between problem gambling and alcohol/substance abuse is also very important. Previous studies have shown that 70% of all problem gamblers have struggled with another type of addition at some point in their lives. So, it is important to understand the connection between these two very dangerous compulsions.
Shedding light on very important issues in the gambling world, these studies will bring something new to the table. These are very important issues when it comes to understanding and treating problem gambling, and we look forward to the results of this new study.