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Is it Entertainment or a Gambling Addiction?
For most of the gambling industry's patrons, gambling is fun and a form of harmless entertainment. But for the four to six percent of gamblers who become problem or pathological (compulsive) gamblers, it can turn into a gambling addiction, a devastating illness that negatively impacts every aspect of their lives.
Compulsive gambling and the resulting gambling addiction is a disorder characterized by an inability to resist the impulse to gamble, despite negative consequences.
As with other addictions, gambling addiction is progressive and results in the deterioration of personal, social, and financial life. Unlike "casual" gambling, an addiction leads to habitual compulsive gambling which reaches way beyond normal entertainment gambling limits. Those suffering from gambling addiction lose control of the amount they risk and the frequency in which they risk it. The action and excitement is what they are looking for. These elements create a state of euphoria, as drugs do for the drug addict or alcohol does for the alcoholic.
Gambling Addiction Criteria
Generally a gambling addiction is defined if at least five of the following criteria are present:
- Tolerance – You require larger or more frequent bets to experience the same"high".
- Preoccupation – You experience frequent thoughts regarding gambling.
- Lying – You try to hide the extent of your compulsive gambling and the losses associated with it.
- Escape – You try to improve your mood by gambling.
- Loss of Control – You try to reduce your gambling with no effect.
- Chasing – You try to win back gambling losses with additional betting.
- Illegal Acts – You break the law in order to access money for additional gambling.
- Risked Significant Relationship – You continue to gamble despite the risk of losing a marriage or significant other.
- Withdrawal – You experience restlessness, irritability, depression or anxiety when trying to give up gambling.
- Bailout – You turn to family, friends etc. for financial assistance to pay gambling debts.
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