Gambling is a Serious Addiction for Many People

Gambling is a serious addiction for many people.


A lot of people cannot control their gambling habit.

Good Habits and Bad Habits

There are good habits and there are bad habits.

Getting plenty of exercise is a good habit.

Smoking is a bad habit.

Gambling is a Habit

Are you a gambler?
Do you gamble?

The above two sentences have the same meaning.

What do you think about gambling?

Tell us your opinion in the comments section below.

Types of Gambling

There are many types of gambling.

Gambling is basically a game.

Here are some types:

horse racing
playing cards

What type of gambling have you tried?

Definition of Gambling

Gambling is basically a game which is played for money.

The Rules of the Game

There are many types of games.

Games have rules.

When you play a game, first you have to find out the rules of the game.

When you play a game, you have to follow the rules of the game. You are not allowed to break the rules.

You are not allowed to break the rules of the game.

Every game has rules, for example in soccer, you are not allowed to touch the ball with your hand, unless you are the goalkeeper.

The Rules of Soccer

You are not allowed to touch the ball.

Read more about football at this link: You are not allowed to pick up the ball.


Gambling is sometimes called “gaming”.

Old laws which regulate gambling in casinos refer to gambling games as “gaming”.

Playing with Money

Gambling is basically playing with money.

In this world some people do not have enough to feed, clothe and house themselves. They cannot afford education or medicine.

Other people have too much money.

They have so much money that they can play with it.


Is gambling illegal in your society?

Is gambling common in your society?

Is playing with money obscene?

Some people are compulsive gamblers. The Russian novelist Dostoyevsky was a compulsive gambler.

Are you a compulsive gambler?

A compulsive gambler is a person who cannot stop gambling

Relative Clauses

A compulsive liar is a person who cannot stop lying.

A compulsive eater is a person who cannot stop eating.

A compulsive womaniser is somebody who cannot stop womanising.

A compulsion is something that we feel compelled to do.

For some people gambling is a harmless game. For other people gambling is a terrible addiction. It is a compulsion. They feel compelled to gamble and they cannot resist the compulsion. It is an addiction, like drug addiction.

Look at this table:


all people – everybody – 100%
almost all people – 90 -99%
most people – More than 50%
many people – a lot of people – 30%
some people – 1-10%

The table shows different numbers of people. The numerical percentages are not exact.

They are rough estimates.


Look at these sentences:

Everybody needs food, clothing and shelter.

Almost all people fall in love.

Most people go to school.

Many people don’t go to school.

Some people don’t have enough to eat.

Word Family – addiction

Look at this word family:

Addict – noun – person

He is a drug addict.

Addicted – past participle – passive voice – present tense

He is addicted to heroin

Addiction – noun

Gambling is a serious addiction for many people.

Addictive – adjective

He has an addictive personality.

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Collocations with “game”

When we talk about games we use various verbs. The most common verb is of course “play”:

We played a game.

Look at these other collocations:

Win – Lose – Beat

I won the game.

That means: “I am the winner”

He lost the game.

That means: “he is the loser”.

I beat him.
He was beaten by me.

The first sentence is active voice. The second one is passive voice.

Betting on the Outcome of a Game

One very common type of gambling is betting on the outcome of a game. That means people bet money on who will win.

Have you ever bet on a football game?

Links to Other Lessons

Vocabulary – Links Page for More Vocabulary lessons

Listening and Reading – A Conversation about Football

Vocabulary – Communication is a Game

Football – You are not allowed to pick up the ball

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