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Addiction Gambling

by Jerry "Jet" Whittaker
April 29, 2006

An addiction is a condition where a person does an activity more by compulsive habit than by choice or chance. Gambling is one such activity that has people can get addicted to. Gambling is an activity that is purely dependent on luck. No one can predict when fortune could favor someone and make him rich or turn a wealthy man into a pauper. Gambling exists in many forms and is considered one of the easiest of ways to make money.

What leads to gambling addiction?

Usually anyone starts gambling more because of a natural curiosity than by the need to earn money out of it. What starts as a mere trial at a game of gamble can lead to a habit and then to an addiction where the person is unable to control his urge to gamble and try his fortune at winning the game. One may start gambling with small amounts of money and at comparatively less riskier games but may soon end up with gambling addiction, putting large amounts of money on games which tend to get riskier and have more possibilities of making one lose not just the money but control over oneís ability to stop as well.

Compulsive Gambling as an addiction

Gambling at casinos, card games and poker rooms is common. Gambling also occurs when people get involved in bets, horse races and other games where money is involved and the winner gets all. Many people start gambling only because they want to try their luck at winning some extra money. This leads on to gambling addiction. A few initial cases of beginnerís luck where one sees oneself winning money over what one has bet can inspire more gambling and that too with more money. This gradually becomes a compulsive habit and an addiction and can do more harm to the person than just proving to be the cause of decrease in wealth.

Problems due to gambling addiction

Gambling addiction can lead to many problems for a person. Not only does gambling addiction harm a person financially, it can also upset the person mentally by making him a compulsive gambler who believes luck will eventually make him win. Social acceptance for a gambler is negative and people generally find themselves staying away from persons known to be compulsive addicts to gambling as they are prone to borrowing money from others to continue with their gambling activities when they find themselves short of money.

































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