Gambling involves placing something of value, usually money, on a random event with the intent to win something else of value. It is considered to be a behavioral disorder when the behavior meets the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fourth Edition) diagnosable criteria for pathological gambling. Disordered gambling is often characterized by high comorbidity with other disorders, such as substance abuse and depression.
Some people gamble for the excitement and the potential to win. Others do it as a way to escape from boredom or stress. However, like any addictive behavior, it only offers a short term relief and can cause long term problems.
It is important to learn how to gamble responsibly by setting limits and sticking to them. When you play, only use cash and don’t spend more than you can afford to lose. Also, be sure to tip your dealers. It’s a good idea to give them one chip each time you place a bet. It’s also a good idea to tip your cocktail waitresses. They may not make you rich, but they help you have a better time and deserve to be rewarded for their service.
Gambling can be very addictive, so it’s important to set time limits and leave when you’ve reached them, whether you are winning or losing. It’s also a good idea not to gamble on credit and to avoid gambling when you’re stressed or upset. If you’re struggling with a gambling problem, reach out for support from family and friends or find a peer support group like Gamblers Anonymous.