Learn about Problem Gambling
1. IS SOMEONE WHO GAMBLES A LOT A PROBLEM GAMBLER?
Not necessarily. Many people who gamble frequently are simply people who enjoy gambling as entertainment. Generally these people set aside a predetermined amount of money for gambling, and gamble for fun rather than for the "certainty" of winning, recognise that they are likely to lose, and don't bet more than they can afford to lose.
2. DO MOST GAMBLERS EVENTUALLY BECOME PROBLEM GAMBLERS?
No. For the majority of those who choose to gamble, it remains a harmless form of entertainment.
3. IS THERE A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PROBLEM GAMBLING AND CRIME?
Undoubtedly yes, though there is little hard information about the extent and nature of the link. As gambling losses increase, some problem gamblers resort to crimes such as embezzlement or writing bad checks. One Australian study showed about 36 percent of gamblers in treatment programmes had committed crimes that they attributed to their gambling problem (Blaszczynski et al, 1989).
However, a recent German study points out that in many cases the criminal behaviour preceded the gambling behaviour and points out that in at least some cases the factors causing an inclination to an addiction may also have the same effect on criminal activities (Meyer, 1997). The link between problem gambling and substance abuse and between substance abuse and criminal behaviour further complicates this relationship.
Source: North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries – Problem Gambling FAQ
4. WHAT FACTORS INCREASE THE RISKS OF PROBLEM GAMBLING?
Source: Common Components in the Treatment of Problem Gamblers by Dr Ang Yong Guan – 4 July 2007