With contributions from leading international academics across the biological sciences, this handbook takes a critical look at the key contemporary issues and debates in the field. The 31 chapters are divided into four parts: Part I Determination of Substance Misuse Part II PK and PD in Relation to Patterns of Use Part III Detection and Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Use Part IV Controversies and New Approaches This Handbook is an excellent reference text for the growing number of academics, students, scientists and practitioners in the drug and alcohol studies community, and will be a vital resource to the allied professions involved in work-place drug testing, clinical toxicology, and forensic science.

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

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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