As far as ‘gambling’ and ‘gambling addictions’ are concerned, Bingo tends not to fall into the category of gambling ‘problems’. This is generally because Bingo is a ‘low wager’ game, meaning that in comparison to other forms of gambling such as sports betting and casinos, Bingo, and online bingo offers games with much smaller stakes and lower risk.
Bingo also has a much cleaner image, as historically it has been played by people who are out to enjoy affordable fun, and enjoy the social aspect of the game rather than being out to ‘risk all’ and’ live on the edge’ like casinos and other forms of betting.
However, this doesn’t mean that there are no Bingo players out there with gambling issues and as such it would be irresponsible of us not to mention the pit falls of any sort of gambling, and point you in the right direction for sensible and constructive help if you yourself feel you need it.
Gamblers Anonymous offers the following questions to anyone who may have a gambling problem. These questions are provided to help the individual decide if he or she is a compulsive gambler and wants to stop gambling.
- Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
- Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
- Did gambling affect your reputation?
- Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
- Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
- Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
- After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
- After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
- Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?
- Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
- Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
- Were you reluctant to use “gambling money” for normal expenditures?
- Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
- Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
- Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble?
- Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
- Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
- Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?
- Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
- Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?
Most compulsive gamblers will answer yes to at least seven of these questions.