‘Gaming Addiction Just As Valid As Alcohol Dependency’

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A Midlands children’s therapist claims addiction to video games is just as valid as a dependence on alcohol or gambling.

It comes as the teacher’s union – The ASTI – claims children as young as 7 are ‘exhausted’ during class because they’re playing for hours on end.

Last year, the World Health Organisation listed ‘gaming disorder’ among its International Classification of Diseases.

Athlone’s Louise Shanagher is advising parents to limit access and to treat it as a reward for good behaviour – not an entitlement.