There are people who are very prone to addiction, and gambling is not good for them, just like drinking socially is impossible for this type of people without developing alcoholism. This article shows some ways to avoid a gambling addiction, or at least to know the signs early enough.
It’s easy to overlook compulsive gambling habits when they’re still very small and don’t affect your life much. Only when they become a real problem that impacts your daily life, you begin to notice them. So the point is to spot the early signs. Money management is a good place to start.
Gambling is just one of many forms of entertainment if you have set limits of how much you want to spend on it, and don’t go over. The problems appear when you start to spend more than that. Lack of discipline when gambling is the earliest sign that needs to be identified.
You need to make your own rules and set boundaries regarding how you want to manage your bankroll, and then stick to them no matter what. Your rules might change over time, but it should always be because your life changes and not because your urge to gamble is getting more important.
Never ignore the early signs. Get help before your playing gets out of hand.