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Why men are more addicted to gambling

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Men’s propensity to gamble explains their higher risk of addiction compared to women.

According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, men are four times more likely than women to develop gambling addiction. This trend is evident across various forms of gambling.

Gambling addiction, also known as compulsive gambling or ludomania, is a behavioural disorder characterised by an uncontrollable urge to gamble despite harmful consequences. While both men and women can develop gambling addiction, research consistently demonstrates that men are disproportionately affected.

Studies have also shown that male gamblers tend to start gambling earlier, gamble more frequently, and engage in higher-risk gambling activities compared to female gamblers.

Socioeconomic factors

Men are more likely to experience financial difficulties, which can make them more susceptible to the allure of easy money. They are also more likely to live in communities with high rates of gambling addiction.

Read also: Amid economic hardship, Nigerians spend millions on betting

Psychological factors


Men are more likely to have problems with impulsivity, risk-taking, and sensation-seeking. They may also be more likely to use gambling as a way to escape stress, anxiety, or depression.

Social factors

Men are more likely to be exposed to gambling through social activities, such as watching sports or going to casinos. They are also more likely to have friends or family members who gamble.

Genetic factors:

There is some evidence that gambling addiction may be hereditary. Men who have a family history of gambling are themselves more likely to become addicted to gambling.

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