Gambling is when you risk money or something of value to predict the outcome of a game that involves chance. This can include scratch cards, fruit machines, sports betting and casino games such as roulette or baccarat.
It’s important to understand how gambling works so that you can make informed decisions about your behaviour. It is a risky activity that can be damaging to your health and relationships.
How can I avoid a gambling addiction?
You can reduce the chances of a gambling addiction developing by not spending money you can’t afford to lose. Set time and money limits for yourself, and stop when you reach them.
If you feel like your gambling is taking over your life, seek help from StepChange Debt Advice. We offer free, confidential debt advice to those in financial difficulty and can provide you with the support you need.
Why Gambling is Bad for You
Gambling can be harmful for you if it becomes a habit and you lose control of it. This can lead to serious health problems such as mental health issues and even suicide.
Having a gambling problem is difficult for you to manage without professional help, and it can be hard to recognise when you’re at risk. It can be helpful to seek support from friends and family.
The social effects of gambling can also be very negative, including problems with families and relationships. Compulsive gamblers are known to be more likely to experience divorce, marital tension, domestic violence, and homelessness.