“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.