- Oct 13, 2022
I lost my father to alcoholism.With this post & your subsequent posts I get the impression you don't understand how an addiction to anything works. Lets say you put £1 on a horse on the Grand National once a year, if you win the bet at 150/1 that year you'll be buzzing. You've just won £150 plus your £1 back. Next year you may put £2 on as your horse came in last year, so you're subconsciously hoping you get that buzz again, but perhaps you'll win more this time as you've put on £2 to add to the excitement. It seems all very simplistic to you that you only want that buzz once a year but some people 'want' or actually 'need' that buzz for reasons that those who are lucky enough not to have an addiction can't understand. I don't know why I used to smoke, I don't know why I still vape but in my head something would be missing in my life if I didn't vape (completely irrational I know, I also know that the physical addiction would be gone within a couple of weeks) but it's a habit, it's really easy to get into a habit but really difficult to break a habit, no matter what it is. No way if I had £23k would I spend it at a bookmakers, in that respect I'm 'ok' with money but the person who spent that may have needed £50k for a deposit on a house & it was in for a penny in for a pound. I can't get out of my nicotine addiction though.
Don't judge & simplify things you know nothing about.
Edit to add, my father in law used to do some 20p 'lucky 15' bets years ago every Saturday. He went in there every Saturday for years. He had a couple of random 'big' wins a couple of times, in a short space of time and they banned him for a month. This was 20 years ago & nothing has changed. I paid for my tickets to the Semi in 2019 by matched betting. I took my money, had a great day & that was it. Some people aren't so able to do that, I don't think they're weak. If I hadn't built up that cash & spent it on the tickets, I may have carried on. I haven't had an offer since but I may have still carried on just to build the pot up & I would have probably lost it as I was crap at matched betting!