Gambling, along with drinking, smoking, drug-taking and womanising, is deemed a vice by some. So I thought I’d look up the meaning and found this from the freedictionary.com
vice 1 (vs) n.
1.a. An evil, degrading, or immoral practice or habit.
b. A serious moral failing.
c. Wicked or evil conduct or habits; corruption.
2. Sexual immorality, especially prostitution.
3. a. A slight personal failing; a foible: the vice of untidiness.
b. A flaw or imperfection; a defect.
4. A physical defect or weakness.
5. An undesirable habit, such as crib-biting, in a domestic animal.
I think gambling fits most of those definitions in various people’s minds, barring 2. unless you are creative and resourceful enough to combine wagering with getting jiggy which I certainly can rule myself out of.
I have two vices now; mild drinking which is a long-standing acquaintance of mine and regular gambling. The latter probably costs me more than the former but if the two totals were added up over a lifetime I am not sure which would prove most expensive. Not that that matters. When you have a vice, fulfilling it is of primary importance, cost secondary. I do not class a vice as an addiction either. I could stop both my mild drinking and gambling but I choose not to because I find pleasure, relaxation, fun and companionship in both.
However, I recognise definition 5. an undesirable habit, such as crib-biting in an animal. A horse that cribs, essentially it grabs the stable door or fence with its teeth and repeats over and over, finds that the habit becomes somewhat debilitating as much as it is comforting. Watching the markets fluctuate on Betfair is very much me crib-biting. I know it is a waste of precious time but I find it mildly hypnotic…
However, providing one can keep some semblance of grip on reality, without vice I think the world would be a much drier place 🙂