Statistics depict the high risk of suicide for compulsive gamblers. Here are some interesting facts assembled by Michael Goldman that were presented at the 2013 Minnesota Conference on Problem Gambling in September:
- According to the World Health Organization, five percent of all suicides are related to compulsive gambling.
- A 2010 study by The Alfred Hospital (Australia) indicated that 17 percent of emergency room admissions for suicide were related to compulsive gambling.
- According to a 2003 study (“Suicide Attempts Among Vets Seeking Treatment For Problem Gambling,” Journal of Clinical Psychology, Kausch), almost 40 percent of patients admitted to a treatment program for compulsive gambling had at least one suicide attempt.
- A study in 1995 (“Results of a 1995 Survey of GA Members,” Henry Lesieur) found that 66 percent of a sample of compulsive gamblers had contemplated suicide, and 16 percent had made a previous attempt.