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Effects of Compulsive Gambling

by Jerry "Jet" Whittaker
July 29, 2006

Definition of compulsive gambling


Gambling can be defined as the wagering agreement between two persons in which the chances of winning and loosing depends upon luck. Lots of people gamble in their free time, but gambling can become a habit over a period of time. If this gambling have become a habit than a person cannot control himself to gamble even if he tries this situation is called compulsive gambling. Compulsive gambling is also named as pathological gambling. This problem has increased over a period of time because of the legalized gambling and the increasing number of casinos. Compulsive gambling is considered to be as a psychological disorder. According to a study four to six percent of the gamblers in America is suffering from this disorder.


Effects of compulsive gambling


Compulsive gambling can be a devastating disease that negatively affects every aspect of their lives. Compulsive gambling is not economically good and it also affects the family life of the compulsive gambler. In a study it was seen that, the divorce ratio in the family of the compulsive gamblers is higher than the normal persons. Lots of gamblers have lost their whole money in the gambling. Anxiety and depression is another symptom of the compulsive gambling. It is seen that gambling has the same effect in the mind of the gambler that the cocaine and other drugs do after their infusion in the mind. The most common problems, which the gambler suffers menbtally  is persistent and recurrent maladaptive behavior. Some of the gamblers show the problems like Preoccupation, Tolerance, Restlessness, escape., chasing, loss of control and illegal acts. It is a psychological deviation.




It is not bad to gamble but the gamble must be done to a certain extent. Anything in excess is harmful and injurious for the person himself. A compulsory gambler does not only risk their money but also risk their family life. According to some psychiatrist, the problem of compulsory gambling starts, when the person starts losing money. His zeal to win gets him to risk more and more money. So, be careful if you are a casual gambler, you can become a compulsory gambler in literally no time.








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