The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) in the United States reports that between 5.4 and 8.1 million Americans meet the criteria for gambling addiction as outlined by the American Psychiatric Association.
However, in 2010 Asia surpassed Europe to become the world’s largest gambling territory – accounting for 31% of the $390 billion global gambling market according to Global Betting and Gaming Consultants (GBGC). This report only calculated the value of the regulated markets – if the value of the gambling industries in countries where gambling is illegal were to be calculated – such as China, Thailand, India and Indonesia – it would be safe to presume the figure would go well over 50%. Firstly because of the huge populations in these countries. Secondly because of the flourishing illegal gambling industries in these countries, which constantly make headlines but that authorities can never suppress. Sadly, this leaves us with almost no official data on the number of gambling addicts in Asia.
If, however, you feel your or a loved one’s gambling is becoming a problem here is a good article on how to spot an addiction with recommendations on ways to overcome it. As a professional rehab centre, who has seen how direly gambling addiction can affect clients and their families, The Cabin advises that the sooner you take action the better your chance is at recovery.