Is Gambling Really For You?
The act of gambling involves the wagering money of one or more persons on the occurrence of an event, with the intention of winning something of equal value. Gambling therefore requires three essential elements to exist: risk, consideration, and a prize to be won. These three essential elements are very interdependent, and any one of them can be diminished or enhanced by others. A simple example would be if I am a gambling enthusiast and regularly play at casinos. What this means is that I will always play with much smaller stakes, and hence I am able to reduce my risk of losing more money.
There are many other types of addictions that exist, including weight loss addictions, food addictions, shopping addictions, etc. Although the addiction to gambling is comparatively new, it has far reaching implications than any of these other addictions. Here are some of the major implications of gambling addiction:
First of all, as mentioned above, gambling addiction is characterized by many people losing large sums of money, with the intention of returning to the same situation a few days later. In many cases, this means repeated failure in achieving this aim, with many people suffering from serious financial problems due to their gambling problems. This can also lead to legal actions being taken against them. As well as causing great financial hardship, the failure to solve problems relating to gambling addiction can also lead to serious psychological issues.
Secondly, gambling addiction is characterized by a series of associated problems. Many people who suffer from gambling addictions will suffer from anxiety, stress, depression, irritability, etc. As well as this, many people who have gambling addictions will often develop addictions to alcohol and drugs. Gambling addiction in itself is already a form of addiction, but it can be made even worse by combining it with other forms of addictions.
Finally, there is another huge problem with gambling addiction: the problem of recidivism. It has been estimated that around eighty percent of those who have gambled on more than one occasion will find that they go back to their addiction. Even if the gambler succeeds in ‘removing’ their gambling debts, they are likely to fall into a deeper problem, often times without the support of friends or family. This is why it is so important for anyone suffering from gambling addiction to get the help that they need as soon as possible.
There are many different kinds of gambling addictions out there, from lotteries to internet gambling, and each kind carries its own risks. It is therefore up to you, as the gambler, to decide whether it is worth putting your finances at risk and trying to deal with any kind of gambling problem. The main thing to remember is that gambling addicts are not’losers’ or ‘immoral’ people. They simply had a series of bad luck along the way that resulted in them straying away from the path of ‘hope and joy.’ You need to give yourself some time to recover from your problems before deciding that gambling is for you.