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In the past twenty years I have learned that many Bingo players become addicted and need treatment, counseling, or Gamblers Anonymous meetings. One night at our GA meeting a lady told me she was addicted to Bingo and I thought, “How can you get in trouble playing Bingo?” While she shared her story she told the group, “Well I get $620 each month from the State and I spend $490 at the Bingo Hall.” That left her $130 to live on for the month.
Symptoms of Bingo addiction
It does not matter what game we become addicted to, if we show symptoms of gambling addiction, we have a problem. In fact, a Bingo player goes through the same phases as the card player, slot player, sports bettor, etc. in the cycle of compulsive gambling addiction . The phases are the winning phase, the losing phase, and the desperation phase. When a player starts to notice the consequences of gaming, they can start to feel depressed and begin to isolate, lie, and blame others for their problem. Some other symptoms of Bingo addiction include:
Bingo starts to disrupt lives – Arguments with family about time spent playing the game, lying about money lost, missing birthdays or other family functions, and even interfering with their jobs. Some Bingo players have left their small children at home or in cars outside the Bingo parlors while they played the game.
Originally posted by charles1952
Off the cuff guess? Some people have a very limited range of interests and one or two things can become the most important things in their lives, sometimes crowding out everything else. I think it falls under the category of obsession.
Bingo for some, politics for others, maybe gay rights, gun rights womens' rights, Islam, it could be nearly anything. It easily becomes the only thing in their lives and everything that happens to them gets related to their obsession. I'm sure you've seen these over-sensitive people who get terribly offended on a daily basis. That's my guess here.
Originally posted by amrith777
Sorry for your unfortunate travail.I echo several other members' sentiments regarding attitude,world-weariness,living in a stressful neighborhood,and especially obsession and addictive behavior.Some people are very touchy about such things,and Bingo has been known to be one of them.
I am a HUGE fan of Roseanne and your story reminded me of one of the funniest episodes where all the gals have a ladies night out and go to play bingo and Edie McClurgh (sp) plays a stereotypical Bingo addict and it's hilarious
Originally posted by Advantage
I have NO idea why some people are so hateful. You see it here and real life. Its kind of like they feel they are the center of the universe and are shocked and outraged that you dont think so too!