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October 11, 2018, 12:53:37 PM
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I don't consider gambling addiction to be a disease.  It's better to call it a mental condition.  I do think those that develop addictive tendencies usually have a history of addiction in their family.  It can be drinking, drugs, t.v., or even sex.  Some people can do drugs once and not get addicted but others will be hooked on the dopamine. We all have different genetic makeup so we shouldn't judge too harshly on those with addiction problems.
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October 11, 2018, 05:37:02 PM
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Disease is something that requires us to take medication given by a doctor to cure it, in contrast to gambling that is only bad habits or bad hobbies that continue to be done even though they know it is bad. Addiction in gambling cannot be cured by medication given by a doctor's prescription, to eliminate gambling addiction we only need to leave it in any way you can, so you will slowly get rid of your addiction in gambling.
But medication help is more important to save someone when they are in serious addiction which can be considered as disease? There are different kind of addiction and also in different levels so most of them no need medical help but psychological advice will be much important when someone want to recover.
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October 11, 2018, 07:34:33 PM
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I call it a disease too. Mental disease  Cheesy.
Actually governments forbid illegal gambling. They call it illegal gambling for not having permit but they legalize casinos and other gamblings like lotto, horse racing and other recognized gambling activities. I cant see the point for doing so because gamblers still manage to gamble secretly in illegal games. If the government really care for the welfare of the people, then they will not permit any of those permitted ones. All that the government care is the revenue that these activities bring them.

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October 11, 2018, 10:45:11 PM
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I don't consider gambling addiction to be a disease.  It's better to call it a mental condition.  I do think those that develop addictive tendencies usually have a history of addiction in their family.  It can be drinking, drugs, t.v., or even sex.  Some people can do drugs once and not get addicted but others will be hooked on the dopamine. We all have different genetic makeup so we shouldn't judge too harshly on those with addiction problems.

It is considered as a disease from the World perspectives. So therefore you have to accept it as disease Cheesy

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October 12, 2018, 11:46:50 AM
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I am not really a gambler but I heard about people who can't quit it and keep losing lots of money. Do you think the attitude to gambling addiction should be the same as to drug addiction?

First things first, an addiction is when we're stuck into something due to our mind constantly thinking about the same and it depends totally upon us whether to get out of it or not, whereas a disease is when we're diagnosed with something that's in our body due to various factors such as unhygienic environment, unhealthy foods, etc. and our mind has nothing to do with it and a disease can be healed with medicines, so comparing both of them is useless.
Drug is a part of gambling (if casinos allow drugs at their premises) and I somewhere agree that both type of addictions are almost same as both are not good, one for health and other for finance.

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Gambling is one type of a group of games only but in a different genre, so no need to forbid any gambling activities, and about treating those who're addicted, no one can stop you from doing it unless you're not going to choose the right path. Still, ask them to go to different gambling awareness websites to learn more on how to stop themselves from going on those casinos/websites.

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October 12, 2018, 08:53:27 PM
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I don't consider gambling addiction to be a disease.  It's better to call it a mental condition.  I do think those that develop addictive tendencies usually have a history of addiction in their family.  It can be drinking, drugs, t.v., or even sex.  Some people can do drugs once and not get addicted but others will be hooked on the dopamine. We all have different genetic makeup so we shouldn't judge too harshly on those with addiction problems.

It is considered as a disease from the World perspectives. So therefore you have to accept it as disease Cheesy
Honestly, Symphonized was right because anything that causes disorders or malfunction in human system or habit can be called disease and don't believe it everyone who is addicted to gambling have the history of addiction in their family cause the gang or friend that ones mingle with will determine ones addiction.

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October 13, 2018, 10:03:18 PM
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Depends on your definition of disease. I would say it's more of a mental illness than a disease, as when you say disease you tend to think of something that can spread from person to person, like a virus or bacteria. Not that I'm saying that gambling addiction can't be spread between people, because it obviously can due to social influence and peer pressure etc. My verdict, no, it's not a disease, but a mental illness.

Yes it depends, but sometimes it's only a matter of if you want to become Ill from it or not Smiley
If you enjoy gambling itsn't actually a disease.
Thats right, if you don't enjoy gambling and are depressed when you gamble because the target profit you put on doesn't reach and you always repeat that mistake, then it's no longer a pleasure in gambling, be careful with addiction because it's a disease that difficult to healed

Well it's quite possible to take pleasure in things that are addictive, for example drug addicts tend to enjoy the drugs they are addicted to, and don't see it as a problem until it is too late.

Gambling addiction is similar. Everybody can agree that gambling is perfectly fine up until a point, but once you start damaging yours and everybody elses life, then it can be considered an addiction, particularly if you make efforts to stop, but you simply cannot due to the dependency.

A lot of gambling portals now take it upon themselves to block or bar those suspected of being addicts, similar to how a bar might cut you off after too many drinks. I think it's for the best as really external intervention is needed for some of these cases.


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October 15, 2018, 11:02:27 AM
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i've always found it very strange that things like alcohol, drug and gambling addiction are described as diseases.

it seems much more like a psychological condition to me. to cure it your need your behavior patterns restructured which is not something an operation or drug is likely to solve.

on top of that addiction implies a physical need whereas gambling is a craving or compulsion. an alcoholic or heroin addict may suffer severe physical consequences if they don't get what they're addicted to. it's not quite the same for a gambler but no doubt they're gonna be sad.
In my opinion gambling addiction is not a disease because a disease can be traded in hospital but addiction cannot be traded anywhere. An addicted person can leave ambling but not forever. After some time he will start again and this thing distinguishes addiction from disease. Yea we can call gambling as physiological disease and can be treated only by best friends and family members.
In my opinion gambling is an addiction and not disease, because you cannot quit gambling and when your disease accedes it will not leave you till death. One you cannot leave and the other does not leave you. This is the difference between addiction and disease. Therefore I can say that gambling is an addiction because you cannot leave it until it destroys you.
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October 15, 2018, 01:33:39 PM
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Just like any form of addiction, gambling can result to one's dependence and lack of control towards gambling even if this could result to more losses than winning. It's a mental condition. The mind has been conditioned to play more as this triggers a positive effect to the gambler. And just like any form of addiction, it has to be controlled before it could become uncontrollable and result negatively.

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October 16, 2018, 09:50:09 AM
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In my opinion gambling is an addiction and not disease, because you cannot quit gambling and when your disease accedes it will not leave you till death. One you cannot leave and the other does not leave you. This is the difference between addiction and disease. Therefore I can say that gambling is an addiction because you cannot leave it until it destroys you.
It is actually a disease if we really want to look at it in the literal sense and in this case, I would say it is a disease of the brain and mind. Disease can be referred to as someone who is actually in a disorder, have specific symptoms that affects a specific location which in this case is the mind of the addict as well as the brain. As long as something is adversely affecting someone and the person is finding it hard to get rid of it, my brother, which is a disease and a very crazy one that can lead to someone's destruction actually if care is not taken. It all has to do with how ready you are actually, but to get rid of an addiction; you really need to be able to talk to your sense of reasoning.

Honestly, Symphonized was right because anything that causes disorders or malfunction in human system or habit can be called disease and don't believe it everyone who is addicted to gambling have the history of addiction in their family cause the gang or friend that ones mingle with will determine ones addiction.
Honestly, looking at the fact that something is hurting someone, they know it is hurting them and they still let it be anyway is a typical way of looking at a disease. Literally, disease according to the dictionary can actually be defined as a particular quality or disposition regarded as adversely affecting a person or group of people and in that case and with that definition, that obviously makes gambling addiction or whatever form of addiction a disease. I guess with such a definition, I do not think we should even be debating whether it is a disease or not.
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October 16, 2018, 06:53:42 PM
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Disease is something that requires us to take medication given by a doctor to cure it, in contrast to gambling that is only bad habits or bad hobbies that continue to be done even though they know it is bad. Addiction in gambling cannot be cured by medication given by a doctor's prescription, to eliminate gambling addiction we only need to leave it in any way you can, so you will slowly get rid of your addiction in gambling.
But medication help is more important to save someone when they are in serious addiction which can be considered as disease? There are different kind of addiction and also in different levels so most of them no need medical help but psychological advice will be much important when someone want to recover.
Actually gambling addiction is a mental issue, so psychological advice may help people who are suffering from gambling addiction as you said.
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October 17, 2018, 09:41:03 AM
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I am not really a gambler but I heard about people who can't quit it and keep losing lots of money. Do you think the attitude to gambling addiction should be the same as to drug addiction?
Should the government forbid gambling and treat somehow those who are addicted?
Or maybe it should be left up to an adult? I mean, should people decide on their own whether they need to gamble or not.
What do you think?
Addiction in gambling games is a bad thing and it has been proven against several events in the world.
The majority of addicts experience a bad life and that cannot be avoided.
So for anyone who wants to try playing gambling then he must be able to accept all the worst risks of destruction in their lives !!

Yeah it is like drug addiction but I want to say that addiction no matter drugs or gambling is not like disease. Disease is limited to your body but gambling is evil for the whole of society. Most of the gamblers in the world are also gangsters and criminals and it is a fact, I am not joking. Therefore I can say that gambling is the founder of crimes and criminals as well.
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October 19, 2018, 04:57:41 PM
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Disease is something that requires us to take medication given by a doctor to cure it, in contrast to gambling that is only bad habits or bad hobbies that continue to be done even though they know it is bad. Addiction in gambling cannot be cured by medication given by a doctor's prescription, to eliminate gambling addiction we only need to leave it in any way you can, so you will slowly get rid of your addiction in gambling.
But medication help is more important to save someone when they are in serious addiction which can be considered as disease? There are different kind of addiction and also in different levels so most of them no need medical help but psychological advice will be much important when someone want to recover.
Actually gambling addiction is a mental issue, so psychological advice may help people who are suffering from gambling addiction as you said.

Well since you said it that way, it also can be considered as a disease for those that are deep in addiction already that it requires professional help. We have to accept that as a fact. Heavy addiction needs all the professional help it can get along with the help of family and friends.

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October 19, 2018, 06:36:07 PM
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Disease is something that requires us to take medication given by a doctor to cure it, in contrast to gambling that is only bad habits or bad hobbies that continue to be done even though they know it is bad. Addiction in gambling cannot be cured by medication given by a doctor's prescription, to eliminate gambling addiction we only need to leave it in any way you can, so you will slowly get rid of your addiction in gambling.
But medication help is more important to save someone when they are in serious addiction which can be considered as disease? There are different kind of addiction and also in different levels so most of them no need medical help but psychological advice will be much important when someone want to recover.
Actually gambling addiction is a mental issue, so psychological advice may help people who are suffering from gambling addiction as you said.

It is more that youngsters who follow what their friends does and want to replicate the same thing. They see that some one has won big money in gambling and think even they can win and in that anticipation keep on losing money till the time they win some money. It more of the replicating what others are doing forgetting that they are not that person.


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October 23, 2018, 06:03:44 AM
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Disease is something that requires us to take medication given by a doctor to cure it, in contrast to gambling that is only bad habits or bad hobbies that continue to be done even though they know it is bad. Addiction in gambling cannot be cured by medication given by a doctor's prescription, to eliminate gambling addiction we only need to leave it in any way you can, so you will slowly get rid of your addiction in gambling.
But medication help is more important to save someone when they are in serious addiction which can be considered as disease? There are different kind of addiction and also in different levels so most of them no need medical help but psychological advice will be much important when someone want to recover.
Actually gambling addiction is a mental issue, so psychological advice may help people who are suffering from gambling addiction as you said.

Well since you said it that way, it also can be considered as a disease for those that are deep in addiction already that it requires professional help. We have to accept that as a fact. Heavy addiction needs all the professional help it can get along with the help of family and friends.
It is not a disease but it is like a disease. A patient will also die if his disease get out of control and a gambler will also ruin his life when he becomes gambling addicted and lose all his money and other property if he has. In my view there is not a big difference between gambling addiction and disease. In one doctor will take all your money and in the other casinos and online sites will take all your money.

Disease is something that requires us to take medication given by a doctor to cure it, in contrast to gambling that is only bad habits or bad hobbies that continue to be done even though they know it is bad. Addiction in gambling cannot be cured by medication given by a doctor's prescription, to eliminate gambling addiction we only need to leave it in any way you can, so you will slowly get rid of your addiction in gambling.
But medication help is more important to save someone when they are in serious addiction which can be considered as disease? There are different kind of addiction and also in different levels so most of them no need medical help but psychological advice will be much important when someone want to recover.
Actually gambling addiction is a mental issue, so psychological advice may help people who are suffering from gambling addiction as you said.

It is more that youngsters who follow what their friends does and want to replicate the same thing. They see that some one has won big money in gambling and think even they can win and in that anticipation keep on losing money till the time they win some money. It more of the replicating what others are doing forgetting that they are not that person.


Yeah you are right that disease can be covered by taking medicines and gambling cannot be quit with anything, just strong decision and determination will make you able to quit gambling addiction forever. A person can think about the verdicts of gambling before going into this world. One difference between these two is this that other people will take care of you if you have some disease, and if you have addiction, some people will hate you.
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October 27, 2018, 12:04:32 PM
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Disease is something that requires us to take medication given by a doctor to cure it, in contrast to gambling that is only bad habits or bad hobbies that continue to be done even though they know it is bad. Addiction in gambling cannot be cured by medication given by a doctor's prescription, to eliminate gambling addiction we only need to leave it in any way you can, so you will slowly get rid of your addiction in gambling.
But medication help is more important to save someone when they are in serious addiction which can be considered as disease? There are different kind of addiction and also in different levels so most of them no need medical help but psychological advice will be much important when someone want to recover.
Actually gambling addiction is a mental issue, so psychological advice may help people who are suffering from gambling addiction as you said.

Well since you said it that way, it also can be considered as a disease for those that are deep in addiction already that it requires professional help. We have to accept that as a fact. Heavy addiction needs all the professional help it can get along with the help of family and friends.
It is not a disease but it is like a disease. A patient will also die if his disease get out of control and a gambler will also ruin his life when he becomes gambling addicted and lose all his money and other property if he has. In my view there is not a big difference between gambling addiction and disease. In one doctor will take all your money and in the other casinos and online sites will take all your money.

Disease is something that requires us to take medication given by a doctor to cure it, in contrast to gambling that is only bad habits or bad hobbies that continue to be done even though they know it is bad. Addiction in gambling cannot be cured by medication given by a doctor's prescription, to eliminate gambling addiction we only need to leave it in any way you can, so you will slowly get rid of your addiction in gambling.
But medication help is more important to save someone when they are in serious addiction which can be considered as disease? There are different kind of addiction and also in different levels so most of them no need medical help but psychological advice will be much important when someone want to recover.
Actually gambling addiction is a mental issue, so psychological advice may help people who are suffering from gambling addiction as you said.

It is more that youngsters who follow what their friends does and want to replicate the same thing. They see that some one has won big money in gambling and think even they can win and in that anticipation keep on losing money till the time they win some money. It more of the replicating what others are doing forgetting that they are not that person.


Yeah you are right that disease can be covered by taking medicines and gambling cannot be quit with anything, just strong decision and determination will make you able to quit gambling addiction forever. A person can think about the verdicts of gambling before going into this world. One difference between these two is this that other people will take care of you if you have some disease, and if you have addiction, some people will hate you.
In one sense we can consider it as a disease, but I think that it is totally depend on you. If you can play gambling in a limit and do not try to exceed your limit then no doubt that gambling is not a disease but can be consider as entertainment.
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October 27, 2018, 01:07:52 PM
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yes, including environmental diseases. because the environment there is a lot of gamblers, so many other people will also be affected and eventually get addicted too. if you want to really eliminate the addiction, then the environment must also be eliminated from gambling addiction.
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October 27, 2018, 01:23:16 PM
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yes, including environmental diseases. because the environment there is a lot of gamblers, so many other people will also be affected and eventually get addicted too. if you want to really eliminate the addiction, then the environment must also be eliminated from gambling addiction.

This is illogical mate. Just because you're surrounded by gamblers, that doesn't mean that you will be addicted to gambling as well. Those gamblers are not the one responsible whether you decide to gamble or not. It's purely based on your decision if you want to do the same thing as what the other people in your surrounding is doing. It's not a viral disease which you can get just by looking and smelling the same air that those gamblers smells.
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November 17, 2018, 07:37:58 PM
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yes, including environmental diseases. because the environment there is a lot of gamblers, so many other people will also be affected and eventually get addicted too. if you want to really eliminate the addiction, then the environment must also be eliminated from gambling addiction.
One thing you need to be clear that gambling is not a disease only the addiction can be considered as disease since our mind lose the mental control over something and keep asking that thing again and again even it knows that it is not right thing to do and as @jacee it is not like a viral disease which is going to spread also to you when you are hangout with them.If you don't want to be addicted make yourself away.
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November 17, 2018, 09:12:25 PM
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I am not really a gambler but I heard about people who can't quit it and keep losing lots of money. Do you think the attitude to gambling addiction should be the same as to drug addiction?
Should the government forbid gambling and treat somehow those who are addicted?
Or maybe it should be left up to an adult? I mean, should people decide on their own whether they need to gamble or not.
What do you think?

I agree with your point of view, gambling addiction and investing too much money on it will lead to huge monetary losses. My friends are the ones who lost their homes with gambling. So I think people should not be addicted to gambling because the benefits are almost nonexistent.
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