Gambling is a form of risk-taking where people bet on an event with the hope of winning something of value. It can also be used as a learning tool, providing an example of probability, statistics and risk management. The gambling industry provides jobs and income for communities, as well as contributing to tax revenue.
While some people find gambling beneficial, others may be struggling with an addiction. If you are concerned about someone you know, it’s important to show empathy and reassure them that you won’t judge them. You can help them by setting boundaries when it comes to managing their money, and by staying away from places where they tend to gamble.
It is also helpful to replace the time you would normally spend gambling with new activities. Try a social activity with friends who don’t gamble, or a hobby that requires physical effort and focus. This can give you a sense of achievement and help you reconnect with the world around you.
If you’re trying to stop gambling, remember that it takes courage to admit that there might be a problem. Don’t be afraid to ask for help – there are plenty of organisations and resources available. For more information, check out the Better Health Channel fact sheet ‘Gambling’.