While for some people gambling can be a fun, recreational activity they do with their friends, for others it might be a dangerous addiction that will affect both their social life and mental health. It is sometimes difficult to say where the good sides of gambling stop and addiction begins, but there are some clear differences between them.
Good effects of gambling on health
1. First of all, gambling can make you happier and more joyful as long as you see it as a game. One research conducted in a nursing home aimed to show how gambling affects people’s happiness levels in comparison to other activities such as watching television or sitting and chatting with people. This research discovered that the residents were much happier while gambling. More precise, while playing blackjack and 5-card stud poker. The conclusion of the research was that casino games clearly do give people a feeling of satisfaction.
2. With some card games, you actually acquire new skills, so you will be able to exercise your brain while also having fun. For example, blackjack is one of the games that you can view as a hobby on its own. It has a set of intricate rules you must learn to be able to play and strategies you need to develop in order to win.
3. Gambling is also a great way to relax, socialize and de-stress. Doing it as a group activity with your friends or family will ensure some healthy competitiveness and make it even more enjoyable. If your friends are not interested in gambling, casinos are a good place to meet like-minded people who will enjoy this hobby as much as you do.
Bad effects of gambling on health
1. ‘Problem gambling’ begins when we stop seeing gambling as a fun game and it becomes something that disrupts your life. This is not as serious of a problem like addiction is, but it does take a toll on our mental health. A person might become greedy, preoccupied with gambling, and starts spending more and more time and energy on it. This is the right time to take a step back and examine your moods and behaviors while gambling. If you are in a stage of problem gambling, this is the best time to seek help as it is much easier to overcome than addiction.
2. When gambling becomes an addiction, it becomes uncontrollable even if you are aware of the negative effects it has on you or your loved ones. Gambling addicts are often secretive about their gambling and have a rise in anxiety even when thinking about stopping.
3. Gambling addiction is often interrelated with other addictions or mood disorders. Gambling addicts suffer from anxiety, depression, stress and panic attacks. Many of them also have substance abuse problems or other conditions, such as unmanaged ADHD or a bipolar disorder.