I gambled away 23 years of my life

What you need to know:

  • Now a member of Gamblers Anonymous (GA), a fellowship of male and female gamblers in Nairobi, Wainaina says you can never really understand the addiction unless you have gone through it
  • According to Jackson Okoth, the founder of GA and the author of Not A Chance, a personal account about his gambling addiction, the government should limit the time people spend at casinos
  • Dr Lukoye Atwoli, a psychiatrist at Moi University in Eldoret, says gambling has the same effect on the brain as taking alcohol or other addictive substances

George Wainaina gambled away 23 years of his life, including a Sh600,000 retrenchment package, in casinos. Now he doesn’t like what he remembers, but it is too late. All he needed to keep in his mind was that nobody rents prime space, puts in millions of shillings in décor, slot machines and labour in order to make losses.

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