Do you play the lottery?
Yes, I played once. I spent 2 RMB and got 10 back.
What kind of lottery do you play?
Chinese Welfare Lottery.
How many forms of gambling as you can think of?
The first one, as we all know, sports betting, people predicted sports results and placed a wager on the outcome, horse racing betting, card games, gambling machines, dice games, there are the common forms of gambling.
Have you done any of these?
Yes, the dice games and the gambling machines.
How was the outcome?
It was never good, I am a bad gambler.
But for me, I gambled sports, I did sports betting and I won a lot, and I still lost everything I lost because of greed.
So, what percentage of people do you think gamble?
It might be tough to answer it. But I would say that everybody gambles or has gambled before.
What do you think is the most amount of money that different people lose?
An average person plays Mahjong frequently could lose 500 RMB or so.
500 RMB? That’s not a lot, but a lot.
Do you bet? How often? What's the biggest bet you have ever placed?
I played mahjong with my friends once fortnight for couples of months in 2016.
5 RMB in Nanchang mahjong, I lost 1000 RMB in 3 hours.
Wow, in three hours you lost 1000 RMB, that’s a lot.
It’s not a lot.
That’s a lot of money.
Depends on the wager,5 RMB.
So apart from the obvious financial problem what other consequences can occur as a result of excessive gambling?
I believe there are three key problems. Gambler himself, the family and the society.
Firstly, gambling is often associated with mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. And it also interferes their work. Therefore, making them absent and come to work distracted.
Secondly, thee family will also suffers. For instance, calls from creditors and bill collectors.
Last, problem gambling also places a severe hardship on prison systems and legal systems. Such as Iincreased rates of unemployment, fraud, and increased alcohol and drug abuse.
So, we’re going to move to repercussion, who suffers the most from a gambling problem?
It’s always the children, children are innocent, children of people with gambling problems. Stressed and irritable parents may lash out at children angrily, and even if they do not, these children can sense their parents’ tension.
Okay, that’s very correct. Usually the children suffer the most. Then the wife, although the wife suffers more psychologically and physically because the wife is close to the husband, then the children, because a child is always a child, he has a weak brain and he is naive and he gets more the negative feeling.
Okay, so do you think it could be genetic?
Yes. But it is in another way. There is a common saying, parents are the best teachers. Hence children of people with gambling problems are at higher risk of experiencing their own addictions later in life.
I’m very happy that my parents never gamble.
So apart from winning money, why do people gamble?
It’s human nature to feel excited when taking risks, and the positive feeling gained from gambling is no different. The gambling environment can provide perfect escape from everyday life. They forget their problem while gambling.
So, there are various types of people that develop gambling problems, so I want to know what kinds of people are more prone to developing a gambling problem?
In my view, there are 4 types of people.
1. People who are in a tight financial situation, money is always the root. And the second one is
2. People who have a history of mental health problems, particularly depression and anxiety.
3. People who have had a recent loss or change, such as divorce, job loss, retirement or death of a loved one. The last one is people who often feel bored or lonely, have few interests or hobbies, or feel their lives lack direction.
Is gambling addictive?
It’s easy to understand why people decide to take up gambling -- who wouldn’t want to earn a few extra moneys without having to break a sweat? On the surface this might seem reasonable, but why? When people are gambling, their heartbeats become so fast, and their bodies generate a sort of chemical that makes them feel unusual pleasure and excitement, but it fades when they stop gambling, they need to gamble in order to feel it again.
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