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    The Psychology Behind Gambling Machine Addiction

    Gambling addiction is on the rise in Britain, and the new betting machines might be part of the problem.

    Britain seems to be suffering a growing problem with gambling addiction.

    Part of the reason appears to be the rise in "fixed-odds betting terminals", or FOBTs.

    Addiction researchers say that FOBTs are particularly addictive because of the way they're designed.

    The FOBTs are disproportionately deployed in poorer areas.

    And gambling addiction in general is particularly prevalent among poorer people.

    Gambling addiction appears to run along the same lines as drug addiction – as a quirk of our brain's reward system and its control system.

    People have started trying to treat gambling addiction with drugs that block the reward system.