Gambling Disorder

Gambling involves placing something of value on a random event with the intent to win, where instances of strategy are discounted. It can take many forms, including playing card games with friends for money or chips, betting on sports events, buying lottery tickets, and casino gambling (e.g., slot machines).

People with gambling disorder exhibit problematic behaviors that cause significant distress or impairment. They may need to gamble with increasing amounts to achieve the desired excitement, and they often make repeated unsuccessful attempts to control or cut back on their gambling. They may also risk or lose important relationships, jobs, or educational opportunities because of their gambling.

There are a number of steps that can help individuals with gambling problems. Some people benefit from the support of family and friends, and self-help groups such as Gamblers Anonymous. Others find it helpful to engage in physical activity, and still others use a combination of treatments.

It is important to remember that gambling is a game of chance, and it is impossible to predict the outcome of a particular wager. This is true whether you are at a blackjack table or on a slot machine. When you gamble, expect to lose some money and treat any winnings as a bonus.

If you are at a casino, limit the amount of time you spend there and never gamble while on credit. It is also important to make sure that gambling doesn’t interfere with or take the place of activities you enjoy, such as spending time with friends and family or enjoying hobbies like reading or cooking.