Author Archives: Neva

What Does Gambling Have to Do with Alcohol Use Disorder?

Since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month every April. The month is dedicated to reducing the stigma associated with alcohol use disorder and spreading awareness of its treatment. With this in mind, Alcohol Awareness Month provides us with the perfect opportunity to talk about the correlation […]

Observing National Public Health Week: Problem Gambling in the United States

Every April, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings communities across the United States together to observe National Public Health Week. They take this time to spread awareness of issues that we as a country must tackle in order to improve our nation’s physical and mental health. National Public Health Week not only provides us […]

Loot Boxes and Microtransactions: Do They Pave the Way for Gambling Disorders?

Today, more and more video games across all platforms — PC, console, and mobile — adopt the “free-to-play” model. However, many gamers know that such games can become a huge drain on one’s wallet. How can that be? The answer lies in monetization systems like loot boxes and microtransactions. The key word here is “monetization” […]

Winning, Losing, and Desperation: The Stages of Disordered Gambling

In historical terms, the medical community has only recently recognized disordered gambling as a condition on par with other behavioral disorders, like substance use disorders. In the past, even the most enlightened medical professionals might have seen an individual’s inability to stop betting for sports in Atlantic City as a “failure of character.” Now, thanks […]

Disordered Gambling and the Community: How to Start the Conversation

Disordered gambling can be a difficult topic to broach even with friends and loved ones. How, then, can entire communities open up the conversation? If communities rally together to foster an awareness and understanding of this behavioral disorder, they can even help decrease the rate of disordered gambling overall. At the Council, we have found […]