What is Gambling?


Gambling occurs when you risk something of value on an event whose outcome is uncertain. People often gamble in casinos, racetracks and other public places, but gambling can also take place at home and even on the Internet. People can lose a lot of money when they gamble, and they can get into trouble with the law. People can also be emotionally damaged by gambling, and it can cause problems in their relationships with family and friends.

Many people who have a gambling problem do not meet the DSM-IV criteria for pathological gambling, but they have serious problems with their gambling. These individuals may have a history of pathological gambling and are now in remission, or they may be compulsive gamblers who are not progressing toward a pathological state. Regardless of the status, these individuals need treatment and support to address their problems.

Gambling can be harmful to your physical and mental health, affect your ability to work or study and cause problems with family and friends. You can help to stop gambling by strengthening your support network, taking up a hobby or joining an addiction recovery program such as Gamblers Anonymous. It is important to recognise that you have a gambling problem before it becomes severe and to seek help as soon as possible. Many organisations offer support, advice and counselling for people who have a gambling problem or are worried about a friend or family member’s problem.

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