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Why do people gamble?

Why do people gamble?

Gambling creates a high, a rush of adrenaline and can be exciting. Like other addictive behaviours it blocks out all other considerations and concerns. It’s not winning that the gambler becomes addicted to – it’s taking the risk. That’s why the gambler goes back and loses all their winnings – they are not doing it for the money, they are doing it for the feeling.

It’s estimated there are currently around 370,000 problem gamblers in the UK. A lot of problem gamblers do not declare themselves or seek help, and gambling is often not recognised as an addictive illness. However, the behaviour of problem gamblers causes extreme disruption both in their own lives and in the lives of their families. Debts mount up, homes are lost, families split up and gamblers can acquire criminal convictions.

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What is problem gambling?

When your gambling disrupts either your work, family life, social life, psychological or physical well-being, then it’s called ‘problem gambling’. When problem gambling becomes pathological it qualifies as a progressive addiction. At this point the gambler needs to bet more and more often and larger and larger amounts, and becomes restless and irritable when they try to stop or when they can’t gamble. They become preoccupied with gambling, they chase losses (trying to recover losses by gambling more and more) and continue gambling despite increasing negative consequences of their behavior.



Addictive gambling involves denial about the problem, an inability to stop or control the gambling, mood swings and depression. Like any other addictive disease, pathological gambling has phases. These include chasing the first win (always trying ti have again that first wonderful high when winning), experiencing blackouts (periods of gambling of which the gambler has no memory at all) and using gambling to escape emotional pain. Addicted gamblers experience low self-esteem, they use rituals, and are driven to seek immediate gratification. There’s also a significantly high suicide rate amongst compulsive gamblers.

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test yourself

Have you ever gambled to relieve stress or worry?


Have you ever borrowed money to gamble?


Have you ever lied to friends or family about your gambling – how often you gambled, how much you lost?


Do you often go gambling to celebrate something – a birthday, or a new job?


Have you ever missed work because of your gambling?


Have you ever thought about stealing or getting money in other illegal ways to gamble?


Do you think about gambling quite often even when you’re doing other things, like working or socialising, or when lying in bed at night?


After you’ve lost money, do you feel an urge to keep going to try and win it back?


Do you feel regret or remorse about gambling?


Have you often gambled until the last penny was gone?


Have you ever gambled money you needed to pay bills?


Do you promise yourself you’ll stop after a certain point or after spending a certain amount of money, and then find yourself carrying on, unable to stop?


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