Are you more likely to be attracted to Marijuana and alcohol if you gamble?

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The rising popularity of online gambling and the ease of access with the new generation of smartphones have been noted by researchers from Concordia University as: “The number of gambling sites around the globe has grown from about 15 in 1995 to 2,358 in 2010 and global Internet gambling revenues increased from $3 billion to $24 billion between 2000 and 2010.”

They have also carried out comparative work between these individuals and those who drink- as both habits are more likely to be done by those who indulge in risky behaviour. Recent studies done on a sample of the Quebec populations showed that: “The proportion of frequent and problematic drinkers and cannabis users was also much higher among the Internet players.” Nevertheless it is not clear whether it is online gambling that causes the increased likelihood of substance abuse or whether the substance abuse was there before they started online gambling. This research has been done as a way to help prevent online gambling having a negative effect on the health of the population. 

However, when it comes to bingo sites the reduced wagering amounts and sociable aspects of the bingo games means although you might want to play - even an excessive amount of time playing doesn’t mean that you will break the bank. What has fast become popular at bingo sites are bingo bonuses, daily promotions and chat games. The bingo bonuses and daily promotions often mean that players get to play with free cash on all the bingo games, so technically they are free. The chat games online normally give away loyalty points as prizes but normally involve an entertaining chat host coming up with fun quizzes and games rather than spending money on bingo.

Bingo can be enjoyed sensibly, but like with anything that costs money, can be abused if not used responsibly.  The web site http://www.gambleaware.co.uk/ aims to enforce regulation in the industry as well as identify problems related to gambling addiction and help those who may be at risk.