I would call it an addiction. "Addiction is a brain disorder characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli despite adverse consequences." I would suggest it starts as a weakness, becomes a habit, and then a dependency.
addiction whatever its the blame game. no its not your fault you have done the housekeeping at bingo its those nasty people at the bingo halls with their lurid advertising. people need to be held responsible for their own actions and stop blaming someone else. if you have spunked your money away at the bookies or casino there is only one person to blame. likewise when I drink too much I will not send a letter to the brewery complaining about my hangover. for the record I fully agree about banning creditcards as you should NEVER gamble on borrowed money
I haven't got an addictive personality so it's maybe difficult for me to have a balanced view, but I'm with you; people need to take responsibility for their own decisions/actions. Blaming Bet365 because you earn £20k, yet you've spunked £100k up the wall? Give your head a wobble.