Gamblers know when to cash in

时间:2019-03-07 01:08:00166网络整理admin

By Alison Motluk HOW much is your vice worth? Gambling addicts, unlike drug addicts, will kick the habit if the price is too high. Nancy Petry of the University of Connecticut in Farmington asked heroin addicts how they would divide up a daily income of $60 among items such as cocaine, alcohol, a meal, a bed for the night and, of course, heroin. Petry found that no matter how she varied the prices of the items, the addicts would not give up heroin. Even if she raised the price to $60 a hit, most addicts chose to go homeless rather than forgo the drug. Not so gambling. Even pathological gamblers would not go homeless or hungry for another bet. Petry suggests that raising the perceived cost of gambling might steer people away from their addiction. But the finding cuts both ways: most non-gamblers placed bets when the price dropped. Says Petry: “I was in shock.” More on these topics: