What is Gambling?


Gambling is the act of risking something of value on an event that is primarily determined by chance. It can include betting on a football match, playing a scratchcard or even placing money in a slot machine.

Online gambling is another form of gambling that uses the internet to access a range of gambling services. This can include online casinos, where you can play a variety of games against other players and place bets on different events.

The internet has made it easier for people to gamble, as there is no need to go to a casino or other physical location to access these services. However, gambling can be addictive and can cause harm to the person who gambles or others around them.

Using the internet to gamble can be dangerous, as it can easily lead to debt and addiction. It is also difficult to stop gambling without support. If you need help to stop gambling, seek professional support from a health care provider or a support group.

Some people may choose to gamble to feel better about themselves or as a distraction from problems in their lives. This is called ‘harmful gambling’ and can lead to mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.

Problem gambling affects people of all ages, but it is more common in adults and older children. It’s a serious problem that can affect your mental and physical health, as well as your relationships with friends and family.

Harms relating to gambling are often based on the belief that you’re more likely to win than you actually are, or that certain rituals and practices can bring you luck. CBT can help you to overcome these beliefs and change how you think about gambling.

It is important to remember that there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to gamble. The best thing to do is avoid it when you feel you need to or have a problem with it. You can also ask a friend or family member to help you to stop gambling.

Gambling can have a negative effect on your finances and relationships, and can even lead to a suicide attempt. If you have thoughts of taking your own life, contact a helpline or go to A&E right away.

You can also get help from a doctor or mental health specialist to treat underlying problems. These treatments can also help you to address any other problems that may be contributing to your gambling.


The most common type of harm a person who gambles experiences is that they have lost time with their partner, family or friends. This can be episodic or chronic. The amount of time that is lost can vary based on the individual’s situation and personal characteristics, but it can also be related to the number of years a person has been gambling.

This can be a very stressful experience for people who have gambling problems, and can cause many different emotional and physical health problems. This can also make it hard for them to focus on their work or studies, and can affect their relationships with their family.