What are the risks of gambling?
Quick winnings and a fast game, adrenaline and gambling hormones are released. This combination involves risks. Risks of unnoticed and unwanted addiction to gambling.
When do games of chance have a high potential for addiction?
- Slots or even casino games have a high potential for addiction due to a fast game sequence with quick win and loss decisions. They often last only a few seconds.
- The players get the feeling that they could control the course of the game by using stop buttons or by overestimating their own ability.
- Through “almost wins” the players have the impression that they are about to win. This is a very strong temptation to continue playing.
- Through “hidden” money stakes such as chips (in the casino) or virtual points (on the Internet), the real money stakes are concealed. The losses are underestimated and more money is bet.
- There are many incentives with opportunities for gambling. In various gambling establishments, Internet cafes, betting offices and lottery ticket offices, players are given easy access to gambling. On the Internet, gambling is possible day and night.
The fact that gambling is dependent on chance often takes a back seat to addicted gamblers. They are confident that they can control, influence or predict the outcome of the game. This is also known as “magic thinking”.
How does gambling addiction develop?
Gambling addiction often develops in a hidden and covert manner. The transition from a gambling behaviour with a fun character to a problematic gambling behaviour is fluid and is often perceived as a problem by the person affected only too late.
What are signs of gambling addiction?
- The players are very much preoccupied with past gaming experiences, thinking about ways to raise money to play.
- The stakes become higher and higher in order to achieve the desired excitation.
- When trying to restrict playing, the players become restless and irritable.
- It is played to escape problems.
- It is played daily to make up for losses.
- Family members and therapists are lied to cover up the gambling.
- Illegal acts such as forgery, fraud, theft or embezzlement finance gambling.
- Important relationships such as jobs, training or promotion opportunities are endangered or lost.
- To overcome the hopeless financial situation caused by gambling, he/she relies on providing the other money.
How do relatives know that a family member is a gambling addict?
There are two main points of reference:
- Players do not have time – More and more time is needed for playing.
- Players have no money – More and more money is being gambled away.