Problem Gambling


Gambling is a form of entertainment or a chance activity that involves betting something of value on a random event with the intention of winning something else of value. It includes all types of bets, from traditional casino gambling to online sports betting and even video games that include a gambling element for children. While most adults and adolescents engage in gambling without any problems, some people develop a serious problem that may require treatment.

Gambling has both negative and positive impacts on individuals, their families and society. These impacts can be structuralized and categorized into classes of benefits and costs. Benefits and costs are categorized into three classes: financial, labor and health and well-being. Individual levels of impacts affect gamblers directly. Interpersonal and community/society level impacts involve other people, such as family members and friends. Some of these impacts can be long-term, affecting multiple generations.

There are four main reasons why people gamble. They might gamble for social reasons – to spend time with friends, because they think that gambling can make them money and because they enjoy thinking about how much they would do if they won a jackpot. They might also gamble for entertainment reasons – to get a feeling of excitement and the rush of winning. For some, gambling is a way to escape from boredom or from emotional or psychological issues. Problem gamblers can be found in every race, religion and socioeconomic background. They can be young or old, rich or poor and come from small towns or big cities.