Gambling Problems – Why People Gamble and How to Stop


Gambling can be a fun way to pass the time, but it can also lead to problems. If you or a family member are gambling, it’s important to understand why this is happening and take steps to stop.

Why People Gamble

Gamblers gamble for many reasons – for social entertainment, to relieve stress, or to make a good impression on others (per Binde, 2013). But it can also be addictive and cause problems if you’re gambling more than you should or if your gambling is negatively impacting your life.

Why People Gamble

In addition to the obvious reasons, some people gamble for coping purposes such as to feel more self-confident, or because it makes them feel better about themselves or their moods. These may be the most important, and can help you to understand how gambling has become a problem for your loved one.

It’s possible to overcome your urge to gamble by making new friends and finding ways to relieve your feelings of stress, anxiety, and boredom in healthy ways. Exercise, learning relaxation techniques, spending time with friends who don’t gamble, or taking up a new hobby can all be helpful in relieving your emotions and improving your overall well-being.

Support from Family and Friends

It can be hard to stop gambling, but it’s essential to have the support of your family and friends. Reach out to them, talk to them about your issues, and ask for their advice if you need it. It can also be helpful to join a support group, such as Gamblers Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous.