Ontario Youth Gambling Report 2005

Document Synopsis: 

"Rates of substance abuse, mental health problems, and delinquency among adolescent problem gamblers appear to be very high. Our results confirm the results of other studies in demonstrating high rates of substance problems among adolescent problem gamblers (e.g., Barnes et al., 2005; Derevensky & Gupta, 2000), and provide a clear indication of the extent of that elevation. While alcohol problems were about three times more likely in the problem gambling group, the increased likelihood of other drug problems was even more pronounced, resulting in a six-times increase in the likelihood of any substance problem."