What is Gambling?



Gambling is an activity in which people risk money or other value to predict the outcome of a game involving chance. It includes all forms of betting – whether on football matches or scratchcards, and involves placing a wager on something that has an element of chance. Typically, people bet money or other valuables to win a prize if they are correct, but the outcome of the gamble is not known beforehand.

People are generally able to control their gambling habits and the risks associated with them, and most forms of gambling are not considered addictive in the traditional sense of the word. However, some people can develop a problem with any form of gambling, including lottery, casino games (e.g. slots), sports gambling, and even social bets.

The most obvious warning sign that a person has a gambling problem is when they spend more than they can afford to lose. They may also lie to family members and employers about their gambling behavior and hide spending on it.

If someone has a gambling problem, it is important to seek professional help. Changing a habit such as this takes tremendous strength and courage, especially when it has resulted in substantial financial loss or strained relationships. If you or a loved one has a gambling problem, BetterHelp can help. Our online therapy service matches you with a therapist who can help you overcome depression, anxiety, or relationship issues that could be contributing to your gambling problems. Take the assessment, and get matched with a therapist in as little as 48 hours.