Gambling, for the compulsive gambler, is defined by the fellowship of Gamblers Anonymous as. . .
any betting or wagering, for self or others, whether for money or not, no matter how slight or insignificant, where the outcome is uncertain or depends upon “chance” or “skill”.
Is This Gambling?
Many don't understand the magnitude of what may be considered gambling. Playing golf for skins, fantasy football, stock market, bingo, lottery tickets, the list is endless. While one of these habits alone may not make someone a compulsive gambler, it may represent a greater pattern of gambling behavior.
Signs of Compulsive Gambling
Unfortunately gambling is often known as The "Silent Addiction" in that there are no real physicals signs that someone is gambling. There are no glassy eyes, slurred speech, smell of alcohol that you may get with other addictions. However, it is common to notice changes in the person's finances, mood and behavior.
Gamblers Anonymous 20 Questions
Are you a compulsive gambler? Take the following Quiz for insight.