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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 290
Allure of dice

Consultant, Senior Research Fellow and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Addiction Psychiatry, Solihull Integrated Addiction Services, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust & University of Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

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Date of Web Publication15-Oct-2012


This poem paints the picture of a gambling addict who narrates his story in the course of a psychiatric consultation.

Keywords: Gambling, family, addict

How to cite this article:
George S. Allure of dice. Indian J Psychiatry 2012;54:290

How to cite this URL:
George S. Allure of dice. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2012 [cited 2020 Feb 28];54:290. Available from:

Dad gambled

He lost, he lost

His life ruined, chasing the Win

Didn't live to see one

Drowned in debt, doomed to melancholy

He went early, or did he?

For he left me hooked, left a fractured home

Lost my teens in arcades, in pubs

Small stakes to start, soon sunk deep

Casinos, online and racetracks it were to be

Higher and higher stakes

I risked all; gambling's allure, beyond all senses

It seizes like no drug, drink, or sex

A grip so firm, you at its mercy

Yet the rush a win brings

Overrides all the lows, before and after

A vice, some say

A violent lover, I say

Love her or hate her

Can't part ways

For we are meant to be

Come night, I dream of cards, dice, and roulette

Come morning, crave my first fix

Win or lose, never home before midnight

I lost all

Yet like a moth to flame, I drift

I know I should quit, but can't

What more is there to lose?

One big win and I'll quit

It's so near, I see it.

Correspondence Address:
Sanju George
Solihull Intergrated Addiction Services, 15 Larch Croft, Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham, B37 7UR, West Midlands
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.102441

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