A disorder of impulse control in which a person makes wagers of various types—in casinos, at horse races, to book-makers—which compromises, disrupts, or damages personal, family, or vocational pursuits Management Gamblers’ Anonymous, a 12-step program modeled after Alcoholics’ Anonymous; no phramacologic intervention has proven successful
Excessive gambling is classified as a behavioural addiction by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), and is characterized by "the compulsive, repetitive involvement in a rewarding activity that a person is unable to control or stop despite negative consequences to themselves and others" (Greco & Curci, 2016, p.
Addressing the Central District full council session on the mandate of the organisation in Serowe recently, the organisation's chief financial officer Mr Peter Kesitilwe said its responsibilities included compliance and monitoring of the industry and preventing potential ill effects of excessive gambling.
Beat the Odds, which has undertaken considerable outreach work and research on the scale of excessive gambling in Wales, supports more than 100 excessive gamblers who have sought help as part of their recovery.
'The reduction in the number of special draws is an initial step by the government to reduce gambling activities, so as to curb social problems such as excessive gambling addiction,' he said at the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.
The Director of Liquor Law and Policy at the dti, Ms Clementine Makaepea said that just like with excessive gambling, communities rarely understand the dangers of and health risks associated with drinking and the abuse of liquor as well as the laws regulating the liquor industry.
While it was good to hear the government announce this week that there is to be an advertising campaign costing up to PS7 million to educate people about the potential perils of excessive gambling, there is still far too much attention given to physical FOBTs and not enough to what might happen if they are so heavily restricted that vulnerable people stop feeding money into them that they cannot afford to lose.