Gambeling is a problem in many places and is usually found in casinos with adults. But the truth is- not only adults gamble. Kids and teens do it to, even though it's not as obviouse. Gambeling can cause you to go broke and can make you start stealing money. It can also lead you to doing things like skipping school and waisting your time and money. Also, sometimes gambling can just lead to more gambling- such as chasing. Chasing is when you gamble to try and win back money. It is done alot in poker and sometimes even on video games. It is also done alot in casinos on something very comman called "slots".
"Problem Gambling" is the term used to describe gambling behavior, which causes disruption in any important life function, whether psychological, physical, social or vocational. This term is generally accepted to include, but is not limited to "Pathological", a.k.a.,
"Compulsive" gambling. Compulsive Gambling is a progressive addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop gambling, "chasing" losses, and loss of control by continuing negative gambling behavior, regardless of the disruption and serious consequences of such behavior.
A recent research study was done by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, in collaboration with three other research groups, on behalf of the National Gambling Impact Study Commission. The research group reported that:
"Based upon criteria developed by the American Psychiatric Association, we estimate that about 2.5 million adults are pathological gamblers and another 3 million adults should be considered problem gamblers. Extending these criteria more broadly, 15 million (American) adults are at risk for problem gambling, and about 148 million are low-risk gamblers (about...