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Health Tip: When Gambling Becomes Addictive

Break the habit, not the bank

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(HealthDay News) -- While most people who gamble don't have an addiction problem, an estimated 2 million American adults become compulsive gamblers at some point in their lives. People in this group lose control of their betting, often with serious consequences.

Many people are able to control their gambling with the help of medication and psychotherapy. The Mayo Clinic offers these warning signs that your habit may have spun out of control:

  • It's affecting your relationships, your finances, or your job.
  • You're devoting more and more time and energy to gambling.
  • You're unable to stop or cut back.

In this case, the sooner you seek help the better, the clinic says.


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