Addictive Behaviors Course at UO – Problem Gambling, Julie Hynes

| June 15, 2017

Slides from Class – Problem Gambling – June 19, 2017

Welcome! The slide deck and other resources are posted here for your reference. Questions or comments? Contact me. Best wishes in all you do!

A few key resources in the news on esports and daily fantasy sports to watch/read and share:

How a 16-year-old gamer turned into a compulsive gambler  (ESPN, 1/20/17)
Virtual weapons are turning teen gamers into serious gamblers (Bloomberg, 4/20/16)

“The Fantasy Sports Gamble,“ (PBS FRONTLINE, 2/9/16)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Daily Fantasy Sports,” 11/15/15

Key Research & References:

(Additional references are directly linked in the slide deck above)

“Kids who play simulated gambling games more likely to become problem gamblers later in life” . (Australian Gambling Research Centre, April 2016)

Calado, F., Alexandre, J. & Griffiths, M.D. (2014). Mom, Dad it’s only a game! Perceived gambling and gaming behaviors among adolescents and young adults: An exploratory study. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 12, 772-794. —

“Kids who play simulated gambling games more likely to become problem gamblers later in life” . (Australian Gambling Research Centre, April 2016)

Gainsbury, S.M. Hing, N., Delfabbro, P., Dewar, G., & King, D.L. (2015). An exploratory study of interrelationships between social casino gaming, gambling, and problem gambling. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 13, 136-153. —

Harris, A., & Griffiths, M.D. (2017, March). A critical review of the harm-minimisation tools available for electronic gambling. Journal of Gambling Studies, 33, 187-221.

Kim, H.S., Wohl, M, J.A., Salmon, M.M., Gupta, R., & Derevensky, J. (2015). Do social casino gamers migrate to online gambling? An assessment of migration rate and potential predictors. . Journal of Gambling Studies, 31, 1819-1831. —

Electronic Gaming Addiction Resources:

From gamer in recovery, Cameron Adair:


What we discussed in class:

  • History & trends of gambling
  • Defining gambling disorders
  • Addiction & mental health connections
  • Gambling & the brain
  • Addressing the issue – prevention, intervention and treatment

Behavioral Addiction:

Can you think of any other behavioral issues that you think should be classified as addictions? Which ones? What are arguments for/against issues being called “addictions?”



  • Gambling to escape problems
  • Chasing” losses with more gambling
  • Lying to family and others about the extent of gambling
  • Committing crimes to finance gambling
  • Jeopardizing or losing relationships, jobs, education because of gambling
  • Relying on others to bail him or her out relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling

The brain, dopamine and gambling:

Dopamine not released when expecting a loss. The brain IS flooded with dopamine when expecting a win!

It’s not about the money – it’s about the action of the game and the hope of winning.


Category: Presentations, Problem Gambling

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