Like alcoholics, gambling addicts are often secretive, irritable, and unable to cut back.
The idea is an old one—or as the irritable Economist magazine calls it, “hoary.”
Take, for example, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a condition that affects some 15 percent of Americans.
irritable ir·ri·ta·ble (ĭr'ĭ-tə-bəl)
Capable of reacting to a stimulus.
Abnormally sensitive to a stimulus.