Most people start off gambling with small stakes to add a bit of enjoyment to sporting events. As the adverts go, “sport’s more fun when you bet on it”.
Most people stick at that level and enjoy the high’s when they win and can deal with the lows as the amounts are not life changing.
The problem is there are a few people that take things to the next level. Small bets turn to big bets. Small losses turn to big losses. The wins and almost wins push the urge for another bet. Before they know it, they are betting more than they could ever afford.
I urge everyone to only bet within your limits, don’t hide your bets from family friends, and please watch this video (not made by me but sums everything up nicely).