The Dangers of Gambling


Gambling involves wagering something of value on a random event with the intention of winning something else of value. Gambling behavior reflects a tendency to take risks for rewards and is influenced by the reward-seeking dimension of impulse control, as well as the need for novelty and arousal (Zuckerman 1979).

It also has negative impacts on gamblers’ and their significant others’ health. These negative impacts are usually quantified using health-related quality of life (HRQL) weights, or disability weights. The use of these weights allows researchers and policymakers to compare the effects of different gambling policies on costs and benefits in terms of the magnitude of negative impacts.

There are many different types of gambling including the lottery, casino games, sports betting, etc. Some forms of gambling can lead to addiction if it is not controlled. People who are addicted to gambling can lose control of their money and time and may hide their gambling from family and friends. They may even lie to them about the amount of money they have spent.

It is important to recognise the signs and symptoms of gambling problems, such as if you find yourself spending more and more time on gambling or if you are losing more and more of your money. If you suspect that you have a problem, seek help and advice as soon as possible. In addition, if you are going to gamble, only gamble with money that you can afford to lose.