A nasal spray would be effective against the addiction to games

Health 11 January, 2018


Published the 11.01.2018 at 11h21


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The spray first of all. It contains naloxone, an emergency treatment of overdose of opiates that acts by blocking the action of opiates (heroin, morphine, opium). This substance is given in these circumstances, either by intra-venous, or by nasal spray : indeed, the nose is highly vascularized which allows for rapid penetration of the substance in the blood. Golden gambling addiction is an addiction that is based on mechanisms similar to those found in addictions to opiates. The attitude of the player can be impulsive and hopes of the researchers is to be able to calm the pulse with the spray action is very fast. The study is expected to last 3 months; it will include 130 players, half will receive a placebo, the other the active product. This is the first study of this kind.

Locate the players in difficulty

Another innovation could also significantly reduce the number of addicts in the games. Researchers from the university of Paris-South have developed a computer system that can identify players at risk of addiction. And it’s all thanks to an algorithm. As detailed in the scientists, ” the sites of the games and online bets spread messages of prevention vis-à-vis the players, but there is no requirement to identify those who have or develop an addiction by going to the site, ( … ), they can continue to seek commercially “. And the team of researchers assure, the data collected by the online gaming sites could ” be enough to identify the players in difficulty “.

 A predictive model unique

To develop this system, scientists have collected the data of the accounts for each player and have created a screening tool. The system was developed in two stages : “The first was to identify players with the gambling experience was considered medically problematic, and the second is to establish an algorithm capable of finding these same profiles. In addition, 170 063 the people listed on the sites have been surveyed. Among them, 18 % had a dependence likely. With this, we have built and validated a predictive model, which allows to identify people whose gambling behaviour is problematic “, explains in a press release Amandine Luquiens, who has led this work. A small revolution, therefore, which could assist in the fight against addiction.

The addiction is not correlated to the amount spent

The researchers have established several factors that can cause an addiction to the game : be less than 28 years, deposit a sum of money at the time of registration or participate in more than 60 games per month. And surprisingly, ” the addiction is not correlated to the amount spent. Moreover, only one-third of people with a gambling problem are facing financial difficulties, remember Amandine Luquiens. In reality, it is the invasion time of the game in the newspaper that illustrates addiction, especially in the field of poker. ”