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Understanding Compulsive Gambling

In the UK alone, there are an estimated 350,000 compulsive gamblers.

The situation has been exacerbated with the emergence of internet gambling, which is also thought to be responsible for the vast increase in the number of female gamblers.

The mental, physical and financial strains that a gambling addiction can place on someone's life are enormous. As well as destroying relationships and wrecking promising careers, it can often trigger coexisting conditions, such as a drug or alcohol addiction.

Over 7 billion pounds is spent on gambling in the UK every year, with, according to statistics, only around 5% of those with a gambling addiction seeking help and just 1% receiving treatment.

One of the biggest problems is that, unlike alcohol addiction or drug abuse, it can be extremely difficult to detect.

Compulsive gambling is often referred to as an impulse control disorder. Even when they know they may be harming themselves or hurting those around them, a compulsive gambler cannot control the impulse to gamble. It is often all they think about and all they want to do, regardless of the consequences.

A compulsive gambler may:

  • Appear restless when trying to cut back or stop gambling.
  • Gamble to escape problems or feelings of anxiety or stress.
  • Commit crime in order to feed a gambling compulsion.
  • Gamble yet more money in an attempt to recoup losses.
  • Lie about the amount of time and money spent gambling.
  • Attempt to borrow money to cover gambling losses.
  • Destroy a relationship or career through gambling.
  • Make many unsuccessful attempts to either cut back or stop.
  • Develop a parallel condition, such as alcohol or drug addiction.
  • Spend a disproportionate amount of time thinking about gambling.