A Study of Adolescents' Knowledge, Attitude and Practice to Gambling
Prepared by order of GRAPC and UNICEF Georgia
Gambling addiction is one of the most significant public health problems. Ludomania is recognized by the World Health Organization as an impulse-related disorder and belongs to the category of behavioral addiction. Both problematic and pathological gambling are often associated with various manifestations of health and social problems: depression, suicide, family conflicts, financial problems, career and educational disruption, criminal behavior, alcohol and other drug use, eating disorders and more.
A 2020 study conducted in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund and the Patriarchate to explore international experiences in gambling prevention among adolescents examines global data from gambling. According to the data, the problem of gambling addiction is especially relevant in adolescents. According to world data, the prevalence of gambling is 2-4 times higher among adolescents than among adults.