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Gambling involves risking something of value, in the hopes of gaining something of greater worth. Customarily, this involves making financial wagers on games or activities that rely heavily on chance. Gambling addiction describes an impaired ability to resist the impulse to gamble despite the harmful consequences of participation. These harmful consequences may include: 1) risky, dangerous, or unhealthy behaviors (e.g., borrowing money from unconventional sources); 2) damage to relationships, 3) financial consequences; 4) legal consequences, or 5) a failure to fulfill important life roles such as employee, student, spouse, parent, friend, etc.
Gambling includes a broad range of activities. Horseracing, lottery tickets, gambling casinos, and online card games are just a few of the most common forms of gambling. For many people, gambling can be a fun and pleasurable form of entertainment. Like all addictions, gambling addiction begins in this rat...More