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What is Problem Gambling?

Problem gambling (or ludomania, but usually referred to as “gambling addiction”) is an urge to gamble continuously despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. Problem gambling is can be defined by whether harm is experienced by the gambler or others, rather than by the gambler’s behaviour.’, 

As demonstrated by the video below, problem gambling often arises after the initial “hit” of that first big win which may be purely by chance (“beginners’ luck”). The excitement that it can generate / rush of adrenaline leads people to seek that feeling again which, in many cases, results in a financial loss. 

There is now a craving or behaviour to chase losses which may even replace the craving for the initial sensations that drove someone to gamble more. This behaviour then can have harmful consequences as money is needed to feed the “addiction”.