Problem gambling is defined as gambling behavior that causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social.Pathological gambling is the most serious stage of problem gambling.It is a progressive addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, "chasing" losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of gambling behavior inspite of mounting serious negative consequences.
Who does problem gambling affect?
Problem gambling can affect anyone. It can happen at any age, to males or females, and to people from any ethnic background. Problem gambling has been called the ‘hidden addiction’, meaning that unlike other addictions such as alcohol or drug addiction, the physical effects of the problem are very difficult to see. You are unlikely to know that someone has a gambling problem unless they tell you.