Learn about Problem Gambling
1. HOW DO YOU DEFINE A GAMBLING ADDICTION?
An addiction is when gambling dominates and takes over a person's life, and drives what he/she thinks, feels and do on a day-to-day basis. So the person is no longer in charge, and gambling ends up destroying their work performance , their ability to parent or to relate to friends/family, and gets them into a desperate financial situation.
2. HOW CAN WE TELL IF IT'S AN ADDICTION OR JUST AN INTEREST / HOBBY THAT WE HAVE?
Casual gambling is when one:
The symptoms of gambling addiction include:
3. WHAT DRIVES PEOPLE TO GAMBLE AND TO BECOME ADDICTED TO IT?
There are many reasons why people gamble, including:
Some people can gamble responsibly, whether occasionally or regularly, and stay in control. For some others, it can spiral out of control. Those who gamble to relieve boredom or negative feelings, as a distraction from dealing with problems in life, or thinking they can get quick and big money because of a few early wins, are particularly at risk of developing problem gambling. It can happen to anyone at any age. Many problem gamblers are first exposed to social gambling activities during the festive season or when try out seemingly harmless bets when watching football games with friends etc. They usually start with small bets that grow over time.
For example, the European football season takes place from May to August each year. During this period, many football enthusiasts, including youths may bet on games. We often see help-seeking occuring at the end of the season, after punters chalk up huge losses and are at their wits' end.
4. WHAT ARE SOME PRACTICAL WAYS WE CAN WEAN SOMEONE OFF GAMBLING, ESPECIALLY OUR ELDERLY LOVED ONES?
To help our loved ones wean off gambling, we might wish to consider the following methods: