Gambling is one of the most popular and one of the most profitable entertainment spheres. Especially since it has become available online. However, both land and online gambling cause one huge problem - addiction. According to the definition of the Merriam and Webster's Dictionary the term "addiction" stands for "compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal". Indeed, most gamblers who start feeling they have problems in their families caused by gambling are becoming or already are addicted.
Gambling addiction can be the cause of many different problems starting with quarrels to divorces, financial catastrophe and crime. Problem gamblers and addicts often do not even think they have a problem and may even turn to doing things they never would have done like stealing.
One may think that this is not a problem and an addict can cope with it on his own. However, it has been proven that problem or compulsive gambling is a type of mental disorder, an impulse-control disorder. Addicts think about gambling only and gamble no matter the mood, the day, the success or failure or even the financial situation.
If you find yourself gambling over and over, if you spend more and more money on it, if you gamble despite some serious consequences, you have a gambling problem.
True, gambling can be a problem without being out of control. Still, this may unfortunately lead to an addiction, therefore it is better to prevent this from happening.
NB: If you or any of your relatives/friends/colleagues or other people you know suffer or think you/they suffer from gambling addiction, you should turn to help at www.gamblingtherapy.org where you can find the organisation in your country ready to help or at www.gamblersanonymous.org ready to help you online.