Gambling is taking the chance of losing money or belongings, and when winning or losing is decided mostly by chance.
Problem gambling is not just losing money. Gambling problems can affect a person’s whole life.
Gambling concerns can range from mild to severe. Just like any other addiction there is a continuum of gambling, which range from no gambling—Pathological gambling.
Not all people who gamble excessively are alike, nor are the problems they face. People with gambling problems are found in all age groups, income groups, cultures and jobs. Some people develop gambling problems suddenly, other over many years. There are many reasons why a gambling problem may develop. For example, some people develop problems when the try to win back money they have lost, or because they like to be “in the action”. Others have many life stresses that make gambling a relief or escape.
If you choose to gamble, follow these guidelines to limit the risk of a problem.