Gambling is a wagering of money on an event with an uncertain outcome with an primary intent of winning additional money. For majority of people it is a form of entertainment. Before playing, people should know how much time and money they can afford to spend. However, for some players gambling becomes an addiction and it starts to affects other areas of a person´s life, such as their psychical or mental health, school or work performance, finances and interpersonal relationships.
To avoid the problems with gambling please keep in mind :
• Set the amount of money you are going to gamble with
• Beware of how often and for how long you play
• Don´t try to win back the losses – they might just grow
• Take occasional breaks while gambling – it is the entertainment, not the way how to get rich quickly
• Gambing is a game of chance – nothing can quarantee the success
There is a variety of signs that may indicate you have a problem with gambling. The more signs you show, the greater chance of a problem:
• Constantly thinking or talking about gambling
• Spending more time and money on gambling than you can afford
• Finding it difficult to control, stop, or cut down gambling, or feeling irritable when trying to do so
• Feeling the sense of emptiness or loss when not gambling
• The reason to gamble is to get out of financial trouble or win losses
• Thinking that your gambling will get under control as soon you have a ‘big win’
• Borrowing money, selling things, committing (or considering committing) criminal acts in order to get money for gambling
Please find professional help in case you recognize one or more of these signs.