Ontario teens who gamble at greater risk for substance abuse, suicide attempts

November 17, 2010

A new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health shows that 29,000 Ontario students in Grades 7 to 12 reported behaviours indicating they are gambling problematically. The report also found that over two-thirds of these students reported problems with substance use and/or alcohol use, and a quarter reported a suicide attempt in the past year. Delinquent behaviours were also common in problem gambling students, including theft and selling drugs. This group was 11 times more likely to report involvement in gang fights and carry a handgun, and were 20 times more likely to report selling drugs other than cannabis. The most commonly reported gambling activities among students were betting on card games and buying lottery tickets, while the least common were Internet gambling and gambling in casinos. CAMH News Release | Canadian Press