Gambling is creating serious problems and difficulties for a growing number of people. In Germany, around half of all adults play at least once a year. Of the 16 and 17 year olds, every fourth young person has played games of chance in the last 12 months. Around 350,000 people in Germany exhibit gambling behavior that leads to financial, social and health problems. Approximately 250,000 players can be diagnosed as addicted gamblers and have lost control of their gaming behavior. Problematic gambling behavior or gambling addiction not only leads to a high loss of money, it can affect or even destroy a person’s entire life.
Not all people who gamble are affected by problem gambling or are addicted to gambling. Psychological and social problems caused by gambling usually develop insidiously and over several years. The extent of a problem of gambling addiction and the involvement in gambling thus range from unproblematic, socially justified gambling to gambling addiction.
Problematic gaming behavior is considered a preliminary stage of gambling addiction. While gambling is already associated with negative consequences, the player can still control his gaming behavior (stakes, time expenditure). If the loss of control over the gaming behavior sets in, one speaks of a gambling addiction or pathological gambling.
People with problem gambling can be found in all age and income groups, cultures and professions. Some people develop problematic gaming behavior very quickly; for others, this process can take several years.
promote the incentive to behave that is incompatible with the values and cultural background of the family of belonging. This criterion is also linked to the assessment of the degree of independence that is awarded to children and young people. In general, there is a tendency towards greater freedom of movement and greater judgment as people get older.
The Italian law prohibits gambling in all its forms according to Art. 718 of the Criminal Code and the casinos are not accessible to persons under 18 years of age.
According to Art. 110, Paragraph 8 of Royal Decree No. 773 of June 18, 1931 *, Approval of the Unified Text of the Laws for Public Safety, the use of apparatus and devices according to Paragraph 6 (1) is prohibited by minors under 18 years of age. Casinos are not accessible to anyone under the age of 18. There are public gaming rooms with video games for young people, for which entry is permitted from the age of 14, although control is left to the manager of the gaming facility.
Visits by children to entertainment venues are restricted by the right and duty of parents to forbid a child under the age of sixteen to go out at night unaccompanied by their parents or other trusted adults (see answer under 2).
There are no specific rules about staying in nightclubs, bars or similar entertainment venues.