Problem gambling is a compulsion to continue gambling despite the desire to stop and suffering the negative consequences it may have. It can have a serious financial impact on the person and their loved ones and can also cause severe stress, depression and anxiety.
A lot of terms are used to refer to individuals facing difficulties related to their gambling. Not all people who gamble excessively are alike, nor are the problems they face. People with gambling problems are found in all age groups, income groups, cultures and jobs. Some people develop gambling problems suddenly, while for others over it could develop over many years.
Problem gambling is generally used to indicate all the patterns of disruptive or damaging gambling behaviour.
The amount you can safely spend on gambling comes down to your circumstances and what amount you’re able to lose, without it affecting your ability to pay for other things. For some people, even a few euro may mean they (or others) have to go without weekly essentials. You should ask yourself regularly – is your gambling just for fun?