Online Casino -
Entertainment or Addiction?
Online Casino Gambling for
many is a form of entertainment and pleasure
when done responsibly. If truth be told, there
are many Canadians who enjoy taking part in
various gambling activities which include:
gambling at online casinos, going to the races,
taking part in slots, or even purchasing lottery
It was estimated in 2008-09
that over 50% of Canadians took part in various
gambling activities, and had contributed with
billion, of which most was spent just on slot
Perhaps, those looking at the
estimations may consider...
Gambling As an Addiction
Even though online gambling
may seem harmless to those of you who enjoy an
occasional bout, it is still one of the major
forms of addiction in the world that can have a
huge impact on society. In actual fact, many
Canadians are becoming or have become gambling
addicts, with a social cost estimated to be over
$2 billion a year.
In fact, it has been recorded
that one person with a gambling addiction can
affect the lives of 5-10 other people in their
society. Simply put, that's an estimation of
over 2 million Canadians who are affected by
gambling addicts each year, which includes
employers, co-workers, family and friends.
Out of the many gamblers who
have an addiction, only 15% actually seek help.
So, what turns seasonal
gamblers into addicts?
Addicts and Gambling Machines
One in six people that
partake in the
are known to develop a serious gambling
addiction. In fact, the problem gamblers
often lose over $20,000 per year. Some slot
machines are so extreme that they cause gambling
addicts to lose about $1,500 per hour during
their gambling sessions.
In 2008, a review by the
Australian Gambling Research suggested that the
majority of gambling addicts belonged to the age
group of 18-24, who spent most of their income
on slot machines and in turn developed serious
gambling addictions. It was further noted that
1/3 of all gamblers with a serious addiction
problem blamed slot machines for being the cause
of their addiction.
What's more alarming is the
fact that a majority of gambling addicts that
have a problem with slots are women. In fact, it
was documented that 9 out of 10 cases signified
the slots too were a major part of women's
So, how does this affect
The Affects of Online Casino
The Risk and Protective
Factors: Depression and co-morbidities report by
Thomas, S, and Jackson suggested that gambling
addicts are 6 times more likely to get a divorce
as compared to non gamblers. Moreover, they are
4 times more probable to becoming heavy smokers
as well as borderline alcoholics.
In fact, according to the
Problem Gambling Treatment and Research Centre,
children that have parents who are gambling
addicts are 10 times more probable to becoming
To find out if you or someone
you know has a gambling problem, here are 10
questions that are associated with gambling
1. Did you gamble more than
you intended to?
2. Do you continue gambling
till you're left only with a dollar?
3. Are you becoming an
insomniac because of thoughts on gambling?
4. Are you leaving bills
unpaid and using your income and savings on
5. Have you tried to stop,
6. Do you think about
breaking the law so that your gambling is
7. Are you borrowing money so
that you can continue gambling?
8. If you lose, do you become
depressed and suicidal?
9. Do you regret you actions
after you've gambled?
10. Did you start gambling
because of your financial obligations?
If you're answering "yes" to
most of these questions, then it's time you
think about getting some professional help. You
can contact a professional on the some of these
places and even use a toll free number for
Canadian National Problem Online Casino &
Gambling Helpline Networks:
Canadian Problem Online Casinos Gambling
Helpline - The Ontario Problem Gambling
Gamblers Anonymous Help - Get help and
information about compulsive online gamblers
fellowship support groups.