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Misconceptions About Pathological Gamblers

Pathological gambling is a socio-sanitary problem that has been increasing in the last decade. Surveys indicate that the prevalence of pathological gambling ranges from 2 to 5%. Unfortunately there is a lot of ignorance. Pathological gambling is highly stigmatized, which is why a series of misconceptions about it still prevail in public opinion, which are aimed at minimizing the problem or trying to justify its presence.

Most Common Myths About Gambling Addiction

Let's look at the most popular misconceptions associated with pathological gamblers.

Gambling Is A Vice And The Gambler Is Vicious

Vice is a moral category; gambling addiction is a mental disorder.

Gambling Is Not Addictive

All behaviors of potentially addictive drugs begin to be controlled by positive reinforcers (the aspect pleasurable of the behavior itself), but end up being so due to reinforcers negative (the relief of discomfort). In these cases the subject shows a strong psychological dependence on the game, acts eagerly and impulsively and loses interest in any other type of previous rewarding activities, without being able to control oneself despite the negative consequences experienced.

The Gambler Seeks The Problem, Should Control It, Provokes Its Disease

Nobody who starts playing games of chance wants to end up stealing his/her family, isolate himself/herself, believe his/her own lies and ultimately go to treatment. The very phases of pathological gambling explain the escalation to addiction. The person with a gambling addiction weighs the benefits of immediate gratification, but does not consider the possible long-term negative consequences.

Pathologic Gamblers Gamble Every Day

What determines addiction is not how much a person gambles; some problem gamblers can only play once a month. Rather it is the mental, physical and relational effects that suggest an addiction.

Gambling Is Only A Problem When The Money Runs Out

The amount gained or lost does not determine addiction. Some players can get into enough debt that the financial consequences start to affect their lives, but this is not always the case. Some players can win a lot of money and lose it all the following week.

Gambling Is Just A Financial Problem

Gambling is an emotional problem with financial consequences. Even if the player's debts are paid, he will still be a person with an uncontrolled compulsion.

Only Irresponsible People Have Gambling Problems

Gambling problems affect people of all intelligence levels, from all backgrounds. Hitherto responsible and strong-willed individuals are just as likely as anyone else to develop a gambling addiction.

Gambling Is Hereditary Or The Product Of Some Type Of Mental Illness Or Weakness

The behaviors of betting or playing games of chance are learned from family and social models that consider the game of chance a valid resource to get rich or solve economic problems. This is also promoted by today's society, which prevails fast money.

Gamble Responsibly

At Responsible Gambling, we believe in the idea that gambling can and should be a fun hobby. To keep it that way, no matter which form of gambling (sports-betting, poker etc) you prefer, you should always approach the game responsibly. Set yourself the financial and time limits and never exceed them, stick with legal gambling platforms and always use the responsible gambling tools they provide. Stay safe!

Cristina Varela Galan
Cristina Varela Galan
13 January 2023 14:59