Like other addictions, an addicted gambler will find it difficult to stop or control the amount of time or money spent on gambling.
If you’ve wondered why some people continue to gamble despite experiencing negative consequences, here are some possible reasons.
- Gambling is exciting and gives intense pleasure.
- It provides an escape from stress and real-life problems.
- It helps relieve feelings of loneliness and boredom.
- It brings back memories of past “Big Wins”.
- A belief that gambling is a quick solution to financial problems.
Sometimes, the gambler may not realise that the habit has become an addiction. Gambling addiction can cause more than debt and financial problems. It will also lead to other negative emotional, physical, and social consequences.
Take the self-test on these websites to assess the risk of gambling behaviour: National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) www.ncpg.org.sg or National Addictions Management Service (NAMS) www.nams.sg. If you or someone you know is struggling with gambling addiction, call NCPG 1800-6-668-668 to seek help soonest possible.