Nobody gambles to lose. Everyone wants to win. A compulsive gambler is one who does not have the will to stop when it is time. The addiction continues despite the toll it takes on the person’s life.
Before you or a person you know become one, be aware and understand the 35 ways it can destroy everything good left.
- Poor Sleep Habits
- Poor Eating Habits
- Poor Personal Hygiene
- Mood Swings
- Low Self Esteem
- Increased Smoking
- Sacrificed Family Time
- Role Reversal
- Frequent Arguing
- Domestic Violence
- Break Up / Separation / Divorce
- Decreased Productivity
- Lack Of Interest
- High Debt
- Job Loss
- Money laundering
Regularly gambling late into the night, resulting in poor sleep habits.
Being so engrossed in gambling that nutrition is neglected and the body having to endure hours of hunger regularly.
Healthy living routines such as trimming nails, cutting hair, shaving, brushing teeth properly, etc become less of a priority.
Higher when winning, lower when losing.
Usually, a person has trouble sleeping when there is a lot of excitement (think the night before your overseas vacation) or misery (think breaking up with your first love). Gambling, whether if you are winning or losing, keeps you emotionally charged.
Gamblers may turn to alcohol when facing an emotional breakdown after a big loss or even celebrating after a huge win. Either way, alcohol wins.
In gambling a person spends huge amounts of money and to be able to earn back the money lost a gambler must work double time. Therefore gambling related stress is common to gamblers.
A gambler feeling cheated by the casino, shooting slot machines or causing a family member to get angry for broken promises, etc. Almost anything can lead to anger.
Some gamblers who have felt anxious say that initially gambling has provided a distraction and sense of escape. They described ‘zoning out’ and feeling like they are in their own world. For some, gambling may be a coping strategy. Truth is, gambling creates even more anxiety and uncertainty.
Gamblers maintain a high self-esteem until they begin gambling problematically, at which time the adverse consequences of that behavior lowers their self-esteem.
The more time and money is spent gambling, the number of cigarettes smoked also increases. When you spend more money than planned, you feel stressed and the smoking increases.
Excessive gambling can lead to a drug problem where the gambler tries to escape the agony of reality by taking drugs.
The report, prepared by the Problem Gambling Research and Treatment Centre, a joint venture between Melbourne and Monash universities and the Victorian Government, found that more than 70% of problem gamblers were at risk of depression.
The impulsivity, which is common among those experiencing problems with gambling, may also be a risk factor since it may contribute to impaired decision making which is also common in suicide. Especially when everything becomes too much to bear, suicide may suddenly appear to be a solution to all the gambler’s problems.
A compulsive gambler will always be too busy focusing time and money in gambling, leaving none for the family.
Usually happens to family members and friends of problem gamblers who try to conceal the extent of gambling issues.
Children taking care of the parents, wife doing all the household chores and working like a horse supporting the family instead of the other way around.
Many people with gambling problems feel embarrassed or ashamed, and often get little help or understanding from others.
The more a gambling addiction takes hold of a person, the more he will begin to alienate himself from family and friends.
Debts and the uncertainty of a person’s financial situation will always lead to frequent arguments in a relationship.
Family violence and gambling addiction have several common features including loss of control, continuation despite adverse consequences, tolerance and withdrawal, involvement of the entire family, preoccupation or obsession and defenses of denial, minimization and rationalization.
So much of life revolves around money that when things related to financial concerns go awry, it can derail other parts of our lives. An inability to pay all the household bills or one partner in a marriage squandering the money shared by both can lead to higher stress. This stress leads to fights and ultimately divorce.
When you lack sleep, you feel tired and getting through the day’s work may just seem impossible.
Fatigue and lowered morale cause a lack of interest in the task at hand as the mind may be occupied with ways and method how one can be better the next time one gambles.
Rates of absenteeism and lateness may be higher due to lack of sleep resulting from long hours of gambling.
One gets into bigger trouble when one starts to maxing out credit cards, borrowing money from family, friends and worst of all, loan sharks.
It is also thought that gambling addiction is a symptom of an emotional disorder related to poor self esteem and insecurity. Often the gambler only feels comfortable when gambling, and gamblers may often seem to be out of touch with reality, or living in a dream world filled with luxury homes, top of the range cars and exotic holidays.
Being late for work, appearing uninterested in work and failing to meet deadlines are some of the many reasons that will seriously cost a problem gambler his job.
According to a SMR 1997 bankruptcy research report, gambling is “the single fastest-growing driver of bankruptcy.
To even think of risking your children’s future and other accumulated savings for gambling is just going to lead to poverty sooner or later.
A survey of nearly 400 members of Gamblers Anonymous showed that 57% admitted stealing to finance their gambling.
In a 1995 survey of 184 Gamblers Anonymous members in Illinois, 56% admitted to some illegal act to obtain money to gamble, 58% admitted they wrote bad checks, while 44% said they stole or embezzled money from their employer.
It has also been alleged that the largely unsupervised electronic funds transfers inherent in online gambling are being exploited by criminal interests to launder large amounts of money.
In 2011, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed United States v. Scheinberg, a federal criminal case against the founders of the three largest online poker companies, PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Cereus (Absolute Poker/Ultimatebet), and a handful of their associates, which alleges that the defendants violated the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and engaged in bank fraud and money laundering in order to process transfers to and from their customers.
Lack of funds may cause a person, female especially, to go into prostitution to fund the gambling habit. An emotionally blinded wife or daughter may even sacrifice herself to help her husband/father to get out of trouble.
Ultimately, a life of crime and violence, fueled by the need to gamble, will only lead to jail time.