• Most male problem gamblers develop their addiction earlier in life (about 35 years of age), and generally choose competitive table games in efforts to beat the house (blackjack).
  • More female problem gamblers develop the addiction as a result of poor mental health (anxiety, depression, hopelessness, loneliness) or the desire to escape from unhappy situations (job frustration, shattered marriages, broken relationships).
  • Domestic violence takes many forms – physical violence, sexual, psychological, emotional, social and financial abuse, harassment and stalking, and between 25% and 50% of spouses of compulsive gamblers have been abused. An emergency room study showed the odds ratio of intimate partner violence increased 10.5 times when the partner was a problem gambler. For many women gambling venues are a refuge from violence and gambling becomes a form of escape.
  •  Most female problem gamblers are older (about 45 years of age), and generally gamble alone or where heavy experience or skill is not required (slot machines).

     
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