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How common is gambling addiction?

Gambling problems are prevalent in an estimated 3 to 5 percent of the general population, and approximately 1 percent of individuals meet the criteria for a gambling disorder. Gambling addiction is more common in men and young adults than in women and older adults. Approximately two-thirds of pathological gamblers are men. Individuals with a substance abuse disorder have a greater tendency to have a gambling problem.

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