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Dependence on sports betting and gambling

When you start betting, it is very important to do so on the premise that the game should not be more than entertainment for fun and relaxation. Crossing the border of the pastime there is the risk of addiction and the harmful consequences that this entails, both on a personal and family level and for work. When a person feels the overwhelming need to play compulsively, he suffers from the condition called ‘pathological gambling’, defined as “pathological addiction to electronic games or gambling”.

Although there are topics specifically dedicated to combating this problem, unfortunately, cases of gambling addiction and sports betting have grown in recent times. Most betting sites highlight ‘responsible gaming’, designed to raise awareness about its users and potential customers. Of course this is not enough to prevent some bettors from being in an out-of-control situation, even losing money on sports and activities they don’t even know.

Risk of addiction

There are many young people who believe that sports betting is a method of making money on an ongoing basis. The idea that the knowledge of football or another sport is enough to win is even more frequent and making a bet wrong ends up being a double-edged sword. Motivation is also found in the excitement and adrenaline caused by live bets through their constant dynamics. The truth is that the effect of negative results is not homogeneous for all individuals and some of them lose control in order to achieve a high degree of self-destruction.

In these cases, the possibility of betting online is 100% counterproductive, since the websites allow you to play for 24 hours, 365 days a year, from the comfort of home and from anywhere. There are those who slow down at the first setbacks in gambling, but also those who are obsessed with it and need to play. But, of course, sometimes the money has been lost and the problem is twofold, because they do everything to recover it, creating conflict with loved ones and trying to hide everything that happens to them.


Although there is no exact science, certain circumstances and personality characteristics can increase the likelihood of addiction. In this sense, impulsive people, lovers of “strong sensations” and low self-esteem are those most at risk. We also need to keep an eye on environments related to childhood games, stressful and traumatic family histories, and even the death of a close relative. The point is that, in the most serious cases, a compulsive gambler can remain without a family, without a home, without money and, worse still, not knowing that he is sick.

Beyond the consequences that can stand out physically, experts say it is a psychological illness that is emotionally generated. Detecting the existence of this problem is not difficult, if you really pay attention and if you are in contact with the subject. Irritability, closure and depression are three signs that normally appear in a juggling person. It is essential to identify any shortages of money and valuables from the house in the environment closest to the player.

How to act

An addicted player has no clear boundaries either in the gambling business or in the betting, he has always believed in recovering losses. This is why the first thing to do is to seek professional help. Of course we need the support and cooperation of family and friends, but the assistance of a qualified professional is essential if we are to take serious action and it is the first inevitable step to accept the presence of the disease and the corresponding treatment.