Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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.         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 fraud. 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?

 

  • Gambling continuously
  • Easy accessibility to gambling
  • High frequency of gambling sessions
  • Quickly reinvested winnings
  • Easily accessible money
  • Increased social acceptance
  • Lack of education about gambling
  • Low cash outlays and variable stakes
  • Technological advancements

 

 

Source: Common Components in the Treatment of Problem Gamblers by Dr Ang Yong Guan – 4 July 2007

  
 

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