Why is it so difficult to stop gambling?

Even if we are not addicted to the game, if we ever decide bet A little is terrifyingly difficult to leave in one game.

Saturday night. Your friends and you are tired of always doing the same, so you decide to think of a new way to have fun. After several proposals you decided to go to a casino or a games room. Neither of you is a potentate, so you can barely bet a few euros, but the experience can be fun.

You start with slot machine. At the first attempt you were left with only one expert to do full, so you tried again. Finally, you spent everything invested. The best thing would be to leave it now, but it is that you have been so close. At this moment is when a gambling addict will have no doubt, while someone without this disorder will end up deciding to leave it; But, be that as it may, it is a complicated decision. And it is that, while we believe that we are the ones who are playing, in reality it is the machine that plays with our brain.

Near-miss effect: why can't we stop gambling?

As we have seen in all articles on addictions, when we come into contact with the substance or stimulus in question, the brain reward systems, which initiate the segregation of the dopamine, a substance responsible for the sensation of pleasure.

Okay, now stop to think about any of those moments when you almost won. That overturning of the heart, that half smile that does not end up coming out all this is the result of the action of the dopanima, which also occurs although we have not really won, leading us to savor the pleasure of victory. This is what is known as Near-miss effect and, because of him, it is almost inevitable to continue playing.

Gambling manufacturers know this and that's why games like slot machines or lottery scratch cardsThey always leave us with honey on our lips, with the aim of getting us to spend a little more money trying to win.

Why does our brain play this trick on us?

Although you may not believe it, if evolutionarily we have maintained this problem it is still for our good, since it supposes a extra motivation when we are developing a new capacity. Imagine, for example, that you are trying to play a song on an instrument. Thanks to this effect, if I manage to make the song sound very similar to how it should sound, you will not give up and continue practicing until you achieve your goal.

What are we going to do? Evolution did not have casinos.