Is gambling an addictive act?

Yes of course. Gambling can be very addictive.

I kinda feel there is a spirit behind gambling.

I know a man who was poor, had nothing and played a bet, hit a jackpot and won a huge symbol money.

Everything turned around for him and I was beginning to think gambling was a good idea.

He bought a new house, a big car and everything was going fine for him.

He got his wife a shop and stocked the shop with goods. This was a huge turnaround for his family and everything seemed to be going on fine.

He went back to playing bet and started losing. He continued playing, instead of him to have stopped while he had gotten so much gain.

He kept losing but continued playing and in 4 months, he had sold all the things he initially had and used the money to continue playing bet.


For me, anything that involves money becomes too addictive to anyone. I, myself experienced being addictive to gambling. Starting from minimal bets I have played at some local gambling places to higher ones on online gambling sites, I started to feel a sense of pride of winning and beating other people. So towards those euphoric feelings, I became addicted to gambling and spent most of the time researching probabilities of winning, strategizing and finding better games to risk some real money. But now I already stopped it and luckily, everything went back to normal. I am so thankful that I realized that I can't win on gambling all the time and it is not worth to be a long term profiting machine.


Yes, gambling is absolutely addictive. Also depends on how to do it. If you're playing in a card game in a casino like blackjack or poker and are mathematically smart to actually make money over time, it will be less addictive but more enjoyable. anyway, point is it is addictive. Very few people realise that the probability of winning is low and if you're playing against the house, the game is rigged to begin with as the house is supposed to win. 

anyway, over time research has shown that gambling isn't just a compulsion but an addition. based on biological research and release of dopamine during gambling, the scientific community now agrees that gambling is an addiction. 

there are multiple facets to gambling, once you start losing, your brain plays tricks on you to tell you that you'll win the next time. and when you win, you're happy to get profit. and that is basically the transition from risk averse to risk taking as losses go up.


Yes, I believe so.  Gambling is an act that releases Dopamine into the brain making the gambler feel good.  Drugs do the same thing.  Anything that makes people feel good is in some way addictive in my opinion.  Just like being a sex addict.  Or to put out a positive example, one could be addicted to a person, I call that love.


No. I gamble once or twice a year and I am definitely no addict. It depends on the individual and not the act itself.

An addictive personality will look for things that spark a sensation that their body wants. Alcohol,drugs,sex and gambling are all things that could trigger compulsive disorders leading to addiction.

Gambling would trigger the sense of joy and happiness when the person wins. his is what draws them to continue gambling. The sensation of winning releases chemicals in the brain and this is what creates the addiction.

It doesn't happen with everyone and the ones that get caught up in the addiction can be treated.



It’s the individual which turns ANY activity into an addiction or not.

Many might get addicted to gambling. Many more, not.

Same thing with sex, drugs, TV, social media, various emotions, etc, etc.


Yes, gambling is a very addictive act. The addiction comes from the hope of winning or the desire of getting more with very little. Many people, especially the middle class and poor people see gambling as a means to get out of poverty, thus that hope of hitting it big or trying to get back what has been lost is what is making most people to keep going back.

For those that get lucky to get some winnings, the desire to want to win more keeps them hooked to it. These are what makes gambling very addictive


Gambling Disorder is the main dependence still perceived by DSM-5. It isn't evident whether it is an addictive issue or a drive control issue. There are changes in serotonin metabolites in both pathologic card sharks and in patients with drive control issue. Men who are pathologic players additionally encounter unusual reactions to challenges with serotonergic synthetic concoctions. 

"A connection between pathologic betting and substance misuse is recommended by similitudes between the two issue, including indications of resistance, withdrawal, expectant longing for, and a constant backsliding course. Regular hereditary defenselessness for pathologic betting and liquor misuse likewise has been accounted for among twins. At last, investigations of basic leadership have discovered that contrasted and solid controls, individuals with substance use issue all the more every now and again pick vast prompt prizes when given betting errands notwithstanding bigger discontinuous disciplines.



Yes, gambling can be very addictive.

I remember my mother warning me when I was little. She told me my father gambled on anything (cards, horses, cocks, lottery, dice) and he even squandered a small fortune she had kept hidden for years: gold coins from the time Venezuela’s currency was so strong we had gold coins. The big ones were called “morocotas” and my father gambled and lost them on bets after he had lost all his money.

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The sad thing about gambling is that whatever little money you can make at some point, will be gone pretty soon and you’ll surely lose ten times more in no time. Thus, gambling works not despite the losses, but because of them. The more you lose (and the odds will always be against you) the more you’ll want to play/bet because after all the probabilities of winning after several losses are higher, right?

That is the logic of the gambler. Gambling appeals to that part of our brain in charge of terrible decisions and whether you call it a compulsion or disorder or an addiction, pathological gambling is hard to cure without professional help.

In Venezuela casinos are illegal and have disappeared from most of the country, but people find very creative ways to gamble. Recently animal lottery has become very popular. Six months ago there was at least one lottery center in every block. In some blocks there were as many as 3 different places where people could buy tickets for hourly draws. It was a crazy thing. People would spend most of the day just betting, waiting for the results and betting some more.

For a gambler the excitement and anticipation of winning, even when facing losses, stimulates them just like some drugs do. Like drug addicts, gamblers find it harder to quit the more they gamble. Restraining from gambling may cause the same kinds of anxiety, depression and even anger.  

I think gambler is worse now that people do not even need to go to casinos. On the internet many forms of gambling have emerged and even some video games are partly gambling centers. Like smoking, I think that some brains are more prone to gambling than others. I have given gambling a try here and there, but I have been able to stop immediately. A friend once told me, if you are going to gamble, use only the amount of money you’ll not regret losing.

These days that amount is zero, so this crisis has been a great medicine for me. However, I see every day people who would rather gamble than buy food and then they borrow money to keep gambling so they can get home with something to eat. You don’t need to be a mathematician to figure out what are the odds they are eating well.


I can't say that I am talking from Experience as I have rarely Gambled anything but I do feel like Gambling is indeed an Addiction.

We all know the saying that goes around the Casino Circle.

# The House always Wins

It is quite true in a sense as if an objective minded person sits and starts calculating all the things that goes around with Gambling it should be clear that sooner or Later the person Gambling ends up on the losing side of the Bracket.

The reason why I feel Gambling is addictive is very simple. When we win once or Twice and we make close to double our Money our mind releases endorphins into our body which is very addictive in nature so the next time we gamble we all search for the same release of Endorphins to feel good no matter what the consequences are.