Problem gambling is an addictive behavior. It often involves someone who invests time and money on gambling despite experiencing harmful negative consequences.
To them, the act of gambling is a compulsive activity which they have LITTLE OR NO CONTROL OVER, OFTEN FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO STOP, due to them clinging onto the improbable fantasy of winning. Losses signify disastrous events and attempts to recoup losses eventually become an obsession.
For some, gambling is also used as an outlet to deal with stressful situation. This addictive behaviour may also spill over and cause unrest to those close to the gambler.