Problem gamblers are 15 times more likely to commit suicide, according to a study carried out by Lund University in Sweden.
According to the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper, the study is one of the largest of its kind, monitoring 2,000 people with gambling disorders. It found a significantly elevated risk of suicide among participants compared with the general population over an 11-year period.
The study found that suicide rates increased 19-fold among men between the ages of 20 and 49 if they had a gambling problem and by 15 times among men and women of all ages.
The authors of the research said that while the causes of suicide were complex and likely to involve more than one factor, their work indicated gambling disorders were associated with far higher than average rates of suicide, the report said.