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The spouses of addicted gamblers are also at risk for suicide. For many, in the face of what seems to be insurmountable debt, suicide seems to be the only way out. As BowdenSmith explains, “So many pathological gamblers experience suicidal ideation . . ”37 52 What Are the Costs of Gambling Addiction? Las Vegas has the reputation for being the suicide capital of America. At one time, people in Las Vegas (residents and visitors) had a 50 percent higher risk of suicide than people living elsewhere in the country.

Researcher Wendy Slutske discovered this when she analyzed temperament data on three-yearolds who had been followed since birth in the Dunedin Study, a general health and development study of the lives of 1,037 babies born in New Zealand between 1972 and 1973 that is now in its fifth decade. Slutske’s research confirms that some personality types are more vulnerable to gambling addiction than others are. Age-3 Temperament Style 34 Source: Psychological Science, “Undercontrolled Temperament at Age 3 Predicts Disordered Gambling at Age 32: A Longitudinal Study of a Complete Birth Cohort,” Wendy S.

Londoners Believe Gambling Machines Are Addictive The Campaign for Fairer Gambling interviewed five hundred people as they exited betting shops in London after playing fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), which are electronic gambling machines that allow gamblers to play casino games like roulette or poker. Most of those surveyed had spent more money than planned or gambled all of their money on FOBTs—two behaviors associated with addiction. The vast majority surveyed believed FOBTs cause addictive behavior.

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