Trying your luck at a casino once in a while can be quite exciting, but going back to the gambling table night after night may indicate addiction. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who don’t seem to mind losing their money, believing that they can win it all back in one last game. This addiction is what prompted researchers to find a cause for excessive gambling. Now it seems that a group of Japanese researchers has finally found something of significance.

According to their study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, people with lower levels of the norepinephrine transporter in the brain are much more likely to keep trying their luck even after it has long since run out.

In the study, 19 male volunteers were recruited and given gambling tasks. Afterward, they underwent a positron emission tomography scan, which allowed researchers to look at their norepinephrine transporters. Those with lower levels of transporters tend to absorb less extracellular norepinephrine, leaving more of it inside the brain. According to the researchers, this is what dulls their sense of loss. Meanwhile, those with higher levels of transporters have less extracellular norepinephrine in the brain and, therefore, feel the pain of loss more strongly.

Norepinephrine transporter levels differ from person to person. However, researchers believe that their discovery can pave the way for the pharmaceutical industry to help people with serious gambling addictions.

For more on gambling, check this out on FN:

(Photo by alexhd57 via

Get the latest updates from Female Network
Subscribe to our Newsletter!

Latest Stories

You Can Get an Engagement Ring for Half the Price at This Local Store

The brand makes use of imperfect diamonds, which can be 30 to 50 percent cheaper than a regular diamond.

Kat Ramnani Weds Christian Bautista in Inbal Dror Wedding Gown

Christian Bautista and Kat Ramnani tied the knot yesterday, November 17, in Bali, Indonesia.

Jolina Magdangal on Midlife Crisis, Turning 40 and Husband Mark

The actress shares her thoughts on midlife crisis and what it feels like to be 40.
Load More Stories