Addiction Problems In Sports PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 August 2010 11:31
While casino gaming can be a great deal of fun, the specter of addiction does hang over it. Many famous athletes have fallen victim to gambling addiction and that is what caused the downfall in their careers and financial stability. Casino games can be extremely addictive, as they provide instant gratification. Some people with addictive personalities may be able to gamble without a problem; their temptation lies elsewhere. Other people may not think of themselves as having an addictive personality until they win that first bet at the blackjack table. Gambling addiction can strike a wide variety of personalities, and when it does, it can be devastating.
Gambling Addiction and Online Casinos
The problem of gambling addiction has been exacerbated by the rise of Internet casinos. In fact, this is largely the basis for the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, or UIGEA, which prohibits U.S. based banks from transacting with online casinos and poker rooms. While the Internet casino cannot directly be blamed for causing gambling addiction, the fact is that the Internet makes gambling much more accessible to those who are susceptible to it. It’s the equivalent of an alcoholic living in a hotel room where the mini bar is constantly restocked, or someone with an overeating problem living next door to a McDonald’s that delivers.
Online Casinos Fighting Gambling Addiction
That being said, responsible online casinos are taking steps to fight gambling addiction. If a player chooses, he can set a deposit limit on his account, so that he cannot deposit more than the given amount in a single day. It is possible to reset the limit, but this takes a day to take effect, by which time the compulsion will hopefully have passed. Individuals can also contact the online casino site’s support staff directly and ask that their accounts be closed.
Dealing with Gambling Addiction
If you think you may have a gambling addiction, ask yourself some basic questions. Are you using money needed for necessities on gambling? Is gambling negatively affecting your daily functioning? Are you lying, cheating or stealing to get money to gamble with? If any of these are true, you should consider that you may have a gambling problem. If you think you do, there are plenty of resources to help, from hotlines to support groups. You may also have friends or family members who can offer support.
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