Pathological gambling

Past-year and lifetime prevalence 1.14% and 1.6% respectively in adults.

Pathological gambling-at-risk populations-adolescents, adults with substance abuse and individuals in a gambling venue have much higher prevalence rates.

High-risk groups include males, blacks, individuals with a family history and individuals of lower socioeconomic status.

Problem gambling is seen as a less busy or form of a gambling disorder.

Has been linked to the dopamine agonist treatment, including pramipexole, ropinirole, cabergoline, or bromocriptine.

Rarely is this associated with carbidopadopa/levodopa monotherapy.

Prevalence varies worldwide with rates of pathological gambling in the US ranging from 0.42 1.1% of adults, 1 to 2% identified as problem gamblers (Toce-Gerstein M et al).

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