Reduce the Risk of Gambling


Gambling involves risking something of value (like money or property) on an event that relies on chance, such as a lottery draw, scratchcard game or sports event. People can gamble at casinos, on the internet or in other places. Problem gambling can affect physical and mental health, family and friends, work or study performance and can lead to serious debt and homelessness.

People may gamble for different reasons, such as to relieve boredom or loneliness, to socialize with friends, change their moods or the hope of winning big money. Research has shown that some people are more vulnerable to gambling than others, such as those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds or those who have other mental health problems. Some people also feel a sense of euphoria when they gamble, which is linked to the brain’s reward system.

To reduce the risk of becoming addicted to gambling, only gamble with disposable income and never with money that you need to pay bills or rent. Also, never borrow to gamble and avoid chasing your losses (trying to win back the money you have lost). Instead, find healthier ways to relieve unpleasant emotions and boredom, such as exercising, spending time with friends who don’t gamble, joining a club or class and practicing relaxation techniques.

In addition, make it a rule to tip your dealer regularly (either with cash or chips), and always leave the casino when you reach your time limit. This is especially important if you are playing at a casino, where the dealers are often overworked and underpaid.