The Dam­age

Men's Health (Australia) - - Health -

“You can’t smell on­line black­jack on some­body’s breath,” says Su­sanne Irv­ing, a coun­sel­lor for the char­ity Gam­care. It’s an easy ad­dic­tion to hide, which means re­la­tion­ships suf­fer. At first it’s just your beer money at risk, but then you start miss­ing mort­gage pay­ments when your fi­nan­cial deal­ings be­come ever more shady, and trust goes out the win­dow.

Re­mem­ber the old say­ing: if you can’t spot the sucker around the ta­ble, it’s you. “Peo­ple get swept up in the big win and for­get all their losses,” says psy­chol­o­gist Kim Stephen­son. Con­sider these av­er­ages: in or­der to win $1,000, most men will gam­ble $1,400 first. Even when you suc­ceed, the odds are you’ll al­ready be down against the house.

When things get dire, your health is at stake too, as the stress of fi­nan­cial wor­ries mounts up. Three out of four peo­ple with a gam­bling prob­lesm are at risk of de­pres­sion, ac­cord­ing to Be­yond Blue. That’s a stat no man needs.

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