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The Gazette: Online gambling more dangerous? You bet it is, expert says

Published: 5 May 2010

Gamblers have "blind spots" in recognizing addictive behaviour in themselves, traits that could make online gambling more dangerous, Canadian research suggests. An Ipsos Reid survey found that 92 per cent of Ontario adults could recognize risky gambling behaviour in others...

Gamblers have "blind spots" in recognizing addictive behaviour in themselves, traits that could make online gambling more dangerous, Canadian research suggests. An Ipsos Reid survey found that 92 per cent of Ontario adults could recognize risky gambling behaviour in others. But, when reflecting on their own tendencies, one in five gamblers said they had engaged in the same risky behaviours over the past year, creating "blind spots" in their perception of themselves. "That's the real concern," said Dr. Jeff Derevensky, co-founder of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High Risk Behaviours at McGill University. "Like other addictions, recognizing your own problem isn't easy." Derevensky said the growing popularity of online gambling could potentially create more addicts.

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