I'm 42 and played pokies for a large part of my adult life, until it started to destroy my soul, and everything around me. When I hit rock bottom I wrote down a list of all the positives and negatives caused by gambling.
I read that list over and over again and the list of negatives was so overwhelming that I felt compelled to stop and have hardly gambled since - that was 10 years ago. It just didn't make sense to me to continue gambling.
When you consider how it impacts your life, you'll find reasons to stop. It also helps to find other interests to replace it. These days, I develop online computer games and I actually made a video poker game that can be a nice little distraction if you still have the urge to double up. It has a hiscore board and fierce competition all around the world, and best of all, doesn't cost a cent.
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