Gambling addiction is s serious problem for many. The state of Nevada in America allows gambling which is closely regulated by the government.
Problem gambling is often defined by whether harm is experienced by the gambler or others, rather than by the gambler’s behaviour. Severe problem gambling may be diagnosed as clinical pathological gambling if the gambler meets certain criteria. Pathological gambling is a common disorder that is associated with both social and family costs. In many ways gambling addiction has parallels with alcoholism in the harm caused to others by their behaviour.
Typical casino games include slot machines, black jack, dice and roulette. Some European casinos have games like baccarat etc. The Macau Pai Gow is played with 32 Chinese domino’s and it is now seen widely.
- Needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement
- Is restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling
- Has made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop gambling
- Is often preoccupied with gambling (e.g., having persistent thoughts of reliving past gambling experiences, handicapping or planning the next venture, thinking of ways to get money with which to gamble)
- Often gambles when feeling distressed (e.g., helpless, guilty, anxious, depressed)
- After losing money gambling, often returns another day to get even (“chasing” one’s losses)
- Lies to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling
- Has jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job, education, or career opportunity because of gambling
- Relies on others to provide money to relieve desperate financial situations caused by gambling
More often a problem gambler also has a drinking problem. Many casinos give gablers lots of alcohol to get them to spend more. Casinos have made a fortune with alcohol and gambling.