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These types include the professional gambler, social gambler, serious gambler, compulsive gambler, escape gambler and the antisocial gambler

Professional gamblers for whom gambling is their primary source of income. He or she gambles in a planned manner, and rarely loses control while gambling. They are disciplined, that is why they are ready to accept losses and do not chase to win them back. They do not bet compulsively, and they consider their strategies before making their bets.

I would take issue with this, whilst they may make an income over a period it is rarely sustainable over a working lifetime of say fifty years.

Social gamblers see gambling as recreational, source of entertainment, and not their source of income. They are infrequent players, but some of them play regularly, but within considerable spaces of time. They do not get frustrated if they were not able to play. Most gamblers are considered to fall on this type.

In general, I would agree but the second part of the statement does not ring true. They are equally capable of being regular players or irregular players who go on a gambling binge.

Serious gamblersmake gambling a vital part of their life. Unlike social gamblers who would not mind missing a game, the serious gamblers would be upset if they do not get to play. Although they are serious players, they are not caught in financial trouble due to gambling. Like professional gamblers, they do not chase losses, but unlike the professionals, they do not depend on gambling winnings to pay for their necessities. The serious gamblers still have other non-gambling activities that they engage in.

Again this is to simplistic in terms of how they are measured against their nearest group. The serious gambler may mind missing a game or a round of betting. Yes like the professional, they are not in financial trouble. Yet! They will research their strategies and profit/loss situation and if in control not chase their losses.

Compulsive gamblersregard gambling as the sole important thing in life. They forget other aspects in life such as career and family. They find themselves in financial problems due to gambling, and use the money dedicated to more important things to support their hobby. Vice versa, they depend on their winnings to pay for their necessities. They have strong urges to gamble, and could not quit gambling easily.

I would add here that though gambling is their main addiction along the way other addictions will have been in evidence. Like alcoholics, they try to be secretive about their addiction. Lying readily to themselves and anyone who may suspect they have a problem.

Escape or Relief gamblers use gambling as their escape from problems or troubles in life. Instead of turning to family, friends or organisations for relief. These gamblers would prefer gambling to forget about their worries. Although gambling may be a good stress reliever, the effect it offers is short-lived and once the euphoria, of the gamble is over the problems come back, and the escape/relief gamblers are more depressed than ever.

These types are often hardest to define as you can see many other gambling traits in them.

Now what type of gambler am I? I do bet most days of the week usually on football games occasionally on horses. I will pass an hour or three in the evenings playing poker. All the time risking nothing more than points.


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The drugs well lets start with brain chemicals dopamine and noradrenaline. This work on the neurotransmitters noradrenaline known as Epinephrine and is a hormone. It works on the nervous system in the fight flight responses.

Dopamine is a neurohormone and has many functions in the brain and it seems one of them may be reward/ punishment predictor. When we get a child or animal to perform a task and relate that learning to a reward.

Man made drugs will have their normal effects of heightening or decreasing these hormone levels of the bodies own drugs. Possibly the most constant companion man-made drug to gambling is alcohol and it can be your worst enemy. Alcohol changes your risk perception irrespective of your normal attitude toward risk. We all know of friends who become emboldened by drinking and those who become depressed again changing the risk perception. Therefore, alcohol needs to be moderated when gambling. So gambling is a risky business and drugs increase the risk whether produced by the body or manufactured.

Now can the risk be reduced whilst still producing levels of euphoria and depression without financial risk? The answer of course is yes. Just learning a game and winning gives you a high or a low irrespective of any gambling wagers on the game.

There are many sites out there offering free-play options, from online casino sites to social network sites such as face-book. Of course the aim of all this is to draw the user into to the hard gambling side of the business where they make their profits. So it comes down to you. Can you exercise control? Can you accept gratification just from the act of winning, and accept losing with a shrug of the shoulders and knowing you lost nothing. Perhaps in that scenario receiving a low followed by a slight high we call relief.

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