Gambling can be a fun and exciting pastime, but if you’re having trouble recognizing when to stop gambling, it may be time for help. The good news is that there are many ways to stop gambling and stay healthy.

Know the risks

Gambling is the wagering of something of value on an event whose outcome is uncertain. It requires three basic elements: consideration, risk and a prize.

In most cases, the winner will get something of value such as money or property. However, there are some games where the winnings go to someone other than the player, such as a dealer or banker. This type of gambling is often called “social gambling.”

The earliest evidence of gambling dates back to ancient China, where tiles were found that appeared to have been used to play a game of chance. There are also references to casting lots in the Bible, which may have been an early form of gambling.

How to identify a problem

There are certain warning signs to look out for when you or your loved one is at risk of developing a gambling addiction. They include:

If you’re worried about a loved one’s gambling, reach out to them or their family and friends. Ask them about their symptoms of gambling addiction and listen to their concerns.

Strengthen your support network

The best way to battle any addiction is with a strong support network. Find a friend who has experience with addiction, join a support group and try self-help tips.