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Gambling and Addiction Problems in the Netherlands

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This chapter focuses on gambling addiction and the measures the Dutch authorities have taken to rein it. It deals with the scientific understanding of gambling addiction. The chapter sketches the results of a recent study on the scope and nature of gambling addiction in the Netherlands. It discusses the various gambling-addiction prevention measures that have been taken since the middle of the 1990s in the Netherlands. Addiction is described in the diagnostic manuals in terms of physical and psychological dependence. In order to determine whether gambling addiction was present, various measurement instruments have been developed. The most commonly used instrument is the South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS), which was developed in 1987 on the basis of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) III-R. Preventing gambling addiction is a complex matter, and concrete measures can take form in different ways.

Keywords: Diagnosticand Statistical Manual (DSM) III-R; Dutch authorities; gambling addiction; Netherlands; South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS)



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