Professor to explain gaming and addiction behaviour in new book


Academic and author David Courtwright is writing a book that seeks to answer the question ‘Why are there so many casinos in Macau?’ – in addition to examining the global history of addictive behaviour including gaming and technology, according to the Florida Times Union.
The author has published a series of books focused on addiction – in particular, the ‘Dark Paradise: A History of Opiate Addiction in America,’ which examines the history of 19th Century opiate addiction ‘from respectable upper class matrons to lower class urban males, often with a criminal record,’ according to the author’s website. Courtwright’s primary focus in his publications so far has been on drug-related addiction.
Courtwright is a professor of United States history a well as medical, social and legal history at the University of Florida.
The author describes the new project he’s currently working on as “a book about pleasure and capitalism in the modern world.”
The gambling participation rate of Macau residents last year was 51.5 per cent, according to ‘A Study of Macau People’s Participation in Gambling Activities 2016’ conducted by the University of Macau’s Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming and commissioned by the Social Welfare Bureau (IAS).
The findings indicate that a 60 per cent increase was found in the average monthly amount spent on gambling by respondents since the last study, in 2013, reaching MOP808 (US$101).
‘Except for ‘Social Gambling,’ which was generally regarded as a form of entertainment, ‘the desire to win money’ was the major reason for participation in other forms of gambling,’ reads the IAS-commissioned report.
Primary demographics indicate that those aged 25 to 34, born in Macau or having migrated to the MSAR ‘at younger ages’ and in ‘employment and with higher monthly personal income were more likely to participate in gambling activities,’ reads the report.