Gambling becomes a threat to the individual and even society if the gambler becomes a gambling addict. Gambling addiction affects virtually everyone in a negative way whether economically, socially, physically or politically. These effects are manifested in the definitions of gambling addiction. What is gambling addiction and who is considered a gambling addict?
A gambling addict is someone who is fully aware that he does not have the capacity to pay his debts but continues to borrow cash from family and friends. The person becomes a dependent and is detrimental to the finances of others close to him.
A gambling addict is someone who, just like the first definition, makes loans through his credit cards despite knowing that he cannot pay it back. The gambling addict then files for bankruptcy and the credit card company loses money in the process.
A gambling addict is someone who loses his spending power and thus, he cannot make donations or spend money on commercial establishments. This would lead to a decrease in business revenues or charity funds over extended periods of time.
The time spent by a gambling addict for his gambling is more than the time he spends with his family and friends. Consequently, gambling addiction can also lead to divorce due to monetary issues between partners and naturally, a broken family for their children.
A gambling addict also becomes slack and unproductive at work and thus, his professional career becomes stagnant.
In order to carry on with his gambling habit, a gambling addict even resorts to stealing and fraud. Whether or not the gambling addict goes to jail, those victimized lose in both respects because even if the gambler gets jailed for his criminal acts, the money he embezzled cannot be repaid while he is in prison.
A gambling addict may result to his ultimate resolve for his debts by committing suicide.
All these manifestations of a gambling addict show directly or indirectly the detrimental effects of gambling addiction to an individual, community or society. The effect is wholistic as it affects not only the person doing the offense but also those who are victimized by his acts rooted in his slavery to gambling. There are also studies claiming that even casino websites such as Poker Online can contribute to the gambling addiction of an individual. Yes, even the online platforms can influence someone.
The key therefore, for one who cannot abstain from gambling is to do it in moderation. If you have discipline, then it can be done, just don’t allow yourself to be enslaved by gambling to the point of addiction.