Vivek Dahiya is one of the most adored celebrities in the TV industry and time and again he has proved that. Vivek has worked in some successful shows like Yeh Hai Mohabbatein and Qayamat Ki Raat. He got married to Divyanka Tripathi in 2016 and since then the duo always keeps their fans posted with their lovey-dovey photos on Instagram. However, before basking in the glory he is enjoying right now, there was a time when he became a compulsive gambler at the age of 19 and would even bet his entire month's salary.

During a tête-à-tête with TOI, Vivek recalled, “I got addicted to gambling in 2006 when I was barely 19 years old. I had started working part-time at a retail store while I was in the second year of college. One day, a friend took me to a casino, and call it the beginner’s luck or something else, I won money that day. I was thrilled, as it would have taken me a week to earn that amount. Soon, I started visiting the casino regularly after work. A few staff members, who I had befriended, suggested that I should get rid of the vice, but I didn’t pay heed. I became a compulsive gambler and there were times when I would bet my month’s salary. Once, I even offered my car keys to someone in return for some money for gambling.”

Vivek further added, “Any kind of addiction is destructive. You start alienating those who try to dissuade you from it. You don’t even realise when it starts to consume you. I want to tell every youngster who is addicted — to gambling, drugs, whatever — to seek help, and not be in denial. People resort to all sorts of unethical things to quench their addiction. It’s a vicious cycle.”

Vivek visits casinos even now, but for leisure. “When I visit a casino now, I will have my drink, chat with my wife, and play a bit. I know where to draw the line. Now, I do it just to enjoy myself for a short while,” he signs off.

Image source: Instagram/ Vivek Dahiya
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