Taking risks is part of human nature. Whether it is gambling on a slot machine or riding a skateboard, every day we engage in activities offering both a potential risk and a potential reward.
Problem gambling is estimated to affect as many as 1% of the population. Recent attempts to tackle the issue include plans to ban internet betting with credit cards and making treatment more widely available.
Most people can enjoy placing an occasional bet, even if it means they lose some money but some become problem gamblers, where the activity disrupts or compromises their lives and those of their families.