The Effects of Gambling

Gambling is placing something of value, typically money, on an event that has an element of chance in it, with the intention of winning something else of value. It is a form of risk taking and can be done through many means, including scratchcards, poker, dice, sports betting and even online games.

People can have both positive and negative experiences with gambling. However, it is important to be aware of the risks associated with it as well as to seek help when necessary.

Generally, gambling has impacts at the personal, interpersonal and community/societal levels. The impact at the personal level affects the gambler themselves, for example gambling can have an effect on their health and relationships. Interpersonally it can affect those close to the gambler such as family and friends. Lastly, gambling can have community/societal effects such as increased debt and financial problems that can lead to bankruptcy or homelessness.

Pathological gambling (PG) is characterized by maladaptive patterns of gambling behaviors. Symptoms of PG include: