Compulsive gambling in Denmark

Compulsive gambling is an impulse control disorder sharing strong similarities with other types of addictions. Compulsive gambling is often a hidden addiction because there are no physical signs giving it away as is the case with alcohol and drug addictions. Compulsive gambling can be confused with stress, depression, or anxiety. It is important to talk to others about gambling, so it becomes clear that gambling is the source of the problem. 

Gambling problems in Denmark

According to the Danish Center for Social Science Research’s (VIVE) most recent Study of compulsive gambling in Denmark (2016), it is estimated that 125,000 Danes have gambling problems and that 10,000 Danes over 18 years old are compulsive gamblers. The study shows that it is primarily young men who become addicted to gambling. Furthermore, it shows that among the compulsive gamblers there is a majority of persons who have started gambling early in life. 

You can read the entire study of gambling and problem gambling in Denmark on VIVE’s website (only in Danish)

Young people and gambling 

The Danish Center for Social Science Research’s (VIVE) study of gambling among young people (2016) shows that around 31,600 young people have a risky gambling behaviour and are in risk of developing an addiction to gambling. Furthermore, the study shows that the most intensive players are young boys and that they prefer gambling where there is a short time between stake and win, for example sports betting, which increases the risk of developing compulsive gambling. 

You can read the study of gambling among young people in Denmark in its entirety on VIVE’s website (only in Danish)