Recognizing the Warning Signs of Gambling Problems

Gambling is betting money on an event with uncertain results, and even those games considered to be more skill-based such as poker or sports betting still involve a certain amount of luck. People gamble for many reasons including to socialize, relieve boredom, and escape from their worries. However, gambling can cause problems when it becomes an addiction. Some warning signs of gambling problems include lying to friends or family about how much you gamble, spending more than you can afford to lose and relying on other sources of income for gambling purposes. People with underlying mental health conditions are at higher risk of developing gambling disorders. Depression, anxiety and stress are all common mood disorders that can contribute to gambling problems.

The good news is that it is possible to quit gambling once you recognize the signs and take steps to address them. The first step is to seek help. There are a range of support groups and self-help tips available. You should also seek treatment for any underlying mental health conditions that might be contributing to your gambling problem.

While gambling is a great way to socialize, you should always gamble responsibly. Don’t drink alcohol while gambling and never chase your losses. Thinking you’re due for a big win or can recoup your losses is the gambler’s fallacy and will only lead to more problems. You should also remember to tip your casino dealers and cocktail waitresses regularly. You can do this by handing them a chip and saying “this is for you” or by putting it in your bet.