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Mark D. Griffiths, Daria J. Kuss, Halley M. Pontes & Jol Billieux

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug & Alcohol Studies Volume 2

Chapter 27: Where do Gambling and Internet ‘Addictions’ Belong? The Status of ‘Other’ Addictions

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Where do Gambling and Internet ‘Addictions’ Belong? The Status of ‘Other’ Addictions
Where do Gambling and Internet Addictions Belong? The Status of Other Addictions
Mark D. GriffithsDaria J. KussHalley M. PontesJol Billieux
Introduction

Conceptualising addiction has been a matter of great debate for many years. For many scholars, the concept of addiction involves taking of drugs (e.g. Walker, 1989). Therefore it is perhaps unsurprising that most dictionary definitions focus on drug ingestion. However, there is now a growing movement (e.g. Grant et al., 2010; Griffiths, 2005; MacLaren & Best, 2010; Orford, 2001; Shaffer et al., 2004; van Rooij et al., 2010) that views a number of behaviours as potentially addictive, including those that do not involve the ingestion of a drug. These include behaviours as diverse as ...

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