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Gambling During the COVID-19 Crisis - A Cause for Concern

Håkansson, Anders LU ; Fernández-Aranda, Fernando ; Menchón, Jose M. ; Potenza, Marc N. and Jiménez-Murcia, Susana (2020) In Journal of addiction medicine 14(4). p.10-12
Abstract

: The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to worsen mental health problems in the general population, including increasing engagement in addictive behaviors. Here, we describe observations suggesting that the current crisis and its sequelae may worsen problem gambling. The current pandemic may impact financial and psychological well-being due to social isolation during spatial distancing, and these stressors in conjunction with substantial changes in gambling markets (land-based, online) during the pandemic may significantly influence gambling behaviors. This situation calls for rapid research initiatives in this area and preventive and regulatory measures by multiple stakeholders.

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Journal of addiction medicine
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1932-0620
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10.1097/ADM.0000000000000690
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  title        = {Gambling During the COVID-19 Crisis - A Cause for Concern},
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