Mental Health

Stop Gambling Now Before You Are Hounded By These 35 Ramifications

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.

  1. Poor Sleep Habits
  2. Regularly gambling late into the night, resulting in poor sleep habits.

  3. Poor Eating Habits
  4. Being so engrossed in gambling that nutrition is neglected and the body having to endure hours of hunger regularly.

  5. Poor Personal Hygiene
  6. Healthy living routines such as trimming nails, cutting hair, shaving, brushing teeth properly, etc become less of a priority.

  7. Mood Swings
  8. Higher when winning, lower when losing.

  9. Insomnia
  10. 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.

  11. Alcohol
  12. 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.

  13. Stress
  14. 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.

  15. Anger
  16. 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.

  17. Anxiety
  18. 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.

  19. Low Self Esteem
  20. Gamblers maintain a high self-esteem until they begin gambling problematically, at which time the adverse consequences of that behavior lowers their self-esteem.

  21. Increased Smoking
  22. 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.

  23. Drugs
  24. Excessive gambling can lead to a drug problem where the gambler tries to escape the agony of reality by taking drugs.

  25. Depression
  26. 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.

  27. Suicidal
  28. 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.

  29. Sacrificed Family Time
  30. A compulsive gambler will always be too busy focusing time and money in gambling, leaving none for the family.

  31. Lying
  32. Usually happens to family members and friends of problem gamblers who try to conceal the extent of gambling issues.

  33. Role Reversal
  34. 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.

  35. Embarrassment
  36. Many people with gambling problems feel embarrassed or ashamed, and often get little help or understanding from others.

  37. Alienation
  38. The more a gambling addiction takes hold of a person, the more he will begin to alienate himself from family and friends.

  39. Frequent Arguing
  40. Debts and the uncertainty of a person’s financial situation will always lead to frequent arguments in a relationship.

  41. Domestic Violence
  42. 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.

  43. Break Up / Separation / Divorce
  44. 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.

  45. Decreased Productivity
  46. When you lack sleep, you feel tired and getting through the day’s work may just seem impossible.

  47. Lack Of Interest
  48. 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.

  49. Absenteeism
  50. Rates of absenteeism and lateness may be higher due to lack of sleep resulting from long hours of gambling.

  51. High Debt
  52. One gets into bigger trouble when one starts to maxing out credit cards, borrowing money from family, friends and worst of all, loan sharks.

  53. Insecurity
  54. 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.

  55. Job Loss
  56. 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.

  57. Bankruptcy
  58. According to a SMR 1997 bankruptcy research report, gambling is “the single fastest-growing driver of bankruptcy.

  59. Poverty
  60. 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.

  61. Theft
  62. A survey of nearly 400 members of Gamblers Anonymous showed that 57% admitted stealing to finance their gambling.

  63. Embezzlement
  64. 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.

  65. Money laundering
  66. 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.

  67. Prostitution
  68. 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.

  69. Jail
  70. Ultimately, a life of crime and violence, fueled by the need to gamble, will only lead to jail time.

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