Gambling addicts have a poor ability to adapt to high risk situations, new research shows.

The findings may explain why those who enjoy a flutter at the casino keep upping their stakes – even if they are heavily down.

Gamblers are widely known to be prone to making risky choices as a result of impaired activity in their brain.

Using scans of their brain activity, Japanese researchers confirmed they also have difficulty in cognitive flexibility – the ability to switch behaviours.

Adults are supposedly meant to make decisions by evaluating the likelihood of success based on the level of tolerable risk.

Adjustments are then made based on other circumstances, according to the study published in Translational Psychiatry.

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