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Get the facts (English and Spanish): Gambling today is more accessible, more accepted and more glamorized through television and print media. Seemingly inconsequential choices made by young people may have dramatic consequences for the future. Problem gambling, often known as the hidden addiction, can cause difficulties in one’s social, emotional and financial life.
Today's #Dailychart reveals which countries gamble the most. Australians gamble (and lose) more than anyone else on a per-person basis, according to H2 Gambling Capital (H2GC). America remains the world's biggest market, but its global share has fallen from nearly a third to a quarter in the past decade. Over the same period, China has risen from the tenth-biggest market to the second-largest.
A study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that more than 80 percent of Americans gamble every year and 3 to 5 percent of Americans have a gambling problem. For problem gamblers, it's a different experience. Problem gamblers are having an emotional experience ... it's a way to escape stress and cope, and when they gamble, something different happens in their brain than for other people."