Gambling is the wagering of money or something of value( referred to as “the Stakes”) on an event with an uncertain outcome, with the primary intent of winning money or material goods. Gambling thus requires three elements to be present: consideration, risk and prize.
THE TWO MAIN TYPES OF GAMBLING INCLUDES:
1. Chance-based: such as playing the lottery, roulette, bingo or gaming machines. The results are random.
2. Skill-based: such as betting on races and playing poker or blackjack. Your ability or skill can influence whether you win or lose.
A few examples include;
. Lotteries ( lotto 6/49, super 7)
. Instant lotteries ( 7 chanceux, other scratch cards)
. Betting on billiard or pool
. Card games
. Private sports betting/ sports lotteries
. Casino games ( slot machines, roulette, keno)
. Video lottery terminals
WHY DO PEOPLE GAMBLE
For example, slot machine players may gamble to win money, for enjoyment and excitement, to socialize and escape negative feeling. As people progress from social to regular and finally to excessive gambling, there are often significant changes in their reasons for gambling.
WHY DO PEOPLE GET ADDICTED TO GAMBLING?
Addiction occurs because gambling is anew norm. Thus, the individual gets stuck in limbo: they have to keep gambling to stay out of withdrawal and depression, but because of tolerance they do not experience any dopamine- generated euphoria anymore. Excessive gambling is now necessary to stay in their “new-normal”. GAMBLING addiction also known as Pathological GAMBLING, compulsive gambling or gambling disorder is an impulse-control disorder. If you are a compulsive gambler, you cannot control the impulse to gamble, even when it has negative consequences for you or your loved ones.
IS GAMBLING A MENTAL ILLNESS?
Yes, it is. People who gamble compulsively often have substance abuse problems, personality disorders, depression and anxiety. Compulsive gambling may also be associated with bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder or attention deficit.
You might be surprised to learn that compulsive gamblers can suffer from withdrawal. To understand gambling withdrawal, you need to understand the role of brain chemistry and dopamine in gambling addiction. This has been explained further in the link provided https://www.algamus.org/blog/role-of-dopamine-in-gambling-withdrawal.
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