Gambling Can Be Addiction

Gambling is wagering something of value on a random event with the intent of winning something else of value. It is important to remember that gambling can be very addictive and many people who gamble develop a problem. Pathological gambling (PG) is an impulse control disorder and a type of addiction and is classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM) as a subtype of kleptomania or pyromania. PG typically begins in adolescence or young adulthood and is often more prevalent among men than women.

Whether it is online, in casinos or on TV, gambling can be a very addictive activity. It can cause problems for the individual and their family, friends and work colleagues. It can damage relationships, cause financial difficulties and lead to criminal behavior. It can also contribute to mental health problems and even suicide. It is estimated that around half of the UK population participate in some form of gambling activity and for some this can have a negative impact on their life.

For those who are struggling with a gambling habit, seeking help is essential. A counsellor can help you with the underlying issues that are contributing to your behaviour. They can provide support, guidance and advice on how to break the habit. They can also recommend a number of useful self-help materials and resources to help you overcome the problem such as books, leaflets, websites etc. Alternatively, they can refer you to a reputable gambling support group such as Gamblers Anonymous, which is based on the 12 step recovery model used by Alcoholics Anonymous.

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