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Online gambling: 1.3% of French players victims of addiction

According to a study by the Observatoire français des drogues et des toxicomanies (French Observatory of Drugs and Drug Addiction) and the Institut national de prévention et d'éducation pour la santé (National Institute of prevention and health education), it was concluded that only 1.3% of French people have problems with gambling addiction including poker. The survey also revealed that among the 600,000 people affected by this problem, 200 of them are suffering from gambling addiction. Since the opening of the market of online gambling in France, sports betting and online poker, there are many players who can't stop when engaging in their favorite games such as lottery, scratching cards, playing slot machines, sports betting and horse racing betting. Most of victims are men and the same study show that their spending on games amounted to € 1,500 per year. It is also proved that gambling addiction is often linked to smoking, alcohol and drugs.

The Canadian Problem Gambling Index (CPGI) also developed studies to distinguish between moderate risk and excessive risk and the investigation found the same result. During the year 2010, statistics revealed that French people spent € 26.3 billion in gambling which represent a significant increase of 22% compared to 2009. However, the rate of gambling addiction in France is still low compared to what exists internationally. Indeed, it is 2% for some European countries like Italy, Canada, Belgium and the United Kingdom and 5% in the United States and Australia.

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