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New research advances understanding of gambling addiction

5th January 2017 9:00 am GMT

An international study into gambling addiction has found evidence to suggest that gambling addiction activates the same brain pathways as drug and alcohol cravings, paving the way for potential future treatments.

The study was funded by the UK Medical Research Council and involved researchers from Imperial College London, University of British Columbia and University of Cambridge.

Working with the National Problem Gambling Clinic, scientists studied 19 patients with gambling addiction (most commonly sports betting and electronic roulette) [...]

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