Gambling Disorder – What is Compulsive Gambling?

Gambling involves risking something of value – usually money – in hopes of winning something of greater value. This includes activities like slot machines, scratchcards and betting on sports events. Gambling can be dangerous when it becomes compulsive, causing people to spend more and more money and often ruining relationships and work performance. Compulsive gambling is also known as gambling disorder and can lead to serious debt or even suicide. This article explores the facts about gambling, how it works, and how to get help if you have a problem.

Many people gamble without problem, and gambling is an important part of some cultures. It can bring social benefits and help relieve stress, for example by providing an alternative to drinking or drugs. It can also help to fund charities, and is a major source of revenue for some governments.

But what is the reason that some people gamble more than others, and how do they become addicted? Many people who gamble are not aware that they have a problem. Getting help is the first step in beating gambling addiction.

Understanding how and why gambling affects your brain is key to making healthier choices about it. The biggest challenge is accepting that you have a gambling problem, which can be difficult for people who have lost a lot of money and strained or broken relationships because of it. BetterHelp can help you find a therapist who can support you to overcome a gambling addiction. Take our assessment and be matched with a therapist in as little as 48 hours.