The Effects of Gambling on Our Society

As many would put it: gambling is just a little bit of fun. Some buy lottery tickets about once a week or once a month. While others are betting their houses away, their life savings or just about anything they own. The truth of the matter is that the gambling is on the rise. It is not the problem that existed some years back. Ten or twenty years ago it wasn’t much of an issue, while now, it is just about everywhere. Unregulated advertising is partly to blame, some say. As of right now, you are allowed to advertise your gambling company anywhere, any way you want, for as many people to see it as possible. You are even allowed to promote the first bet for free or some other form of promotion. While this is fine if the persons participating are not going overboard, others are putting their life finances at risk.

The gambling industry has its own mechanism to address these issues by financing and providing services to gambling addicts. However, this is not available everywhere and does not work the same way. It often has limitations. For example, who qualifies and who doesn’t.

Promotions Need to be Explained and Safe

However, there are other challenges out there as well. Another example would be that gambling addiction awareness has to improve. Laws need to change to limit access to such services to everyone who considers that they will become rich by pushing a button. Advertising must include proper gambling awareness information and warnings as to when to stop.

Be Aware of When it’s Time to Stop

 

Winning while gambling provides a nice satisfaction that can be explained chemically as well. Certain hormones get released inside the brain that makes us feel good while winning. This feel is what gamblers want more and more. It feels amazing, like you are on top of the world. After this, some loses come to play, but it’s not a big deal, you can still recover by gambling some more. Then some more- and some more. Until it is all gone and nothing can take it back. The moment you decide to go back and win back your money, that’s the core of the problem. If you lost, you lost, go home and get on with your life, it was fun and that’s it.

Homeless charities are the ones who should offer support and resources for those in need. However, that’s not the case. What is even more shocking is that they don’t even have the required resources or support. People who are in need of such services are not being helped, they are left alone to fight their own battles. The gambling addiction is not even something that’s very known and recognizable within this sector.

On every million people who are currently addicted, there are three millions more who are at risk of getting addicted to gambling. Gambling addiction can have negative consequences in all points of our society. If you are not the gambler with the problem, the chances are that your life has been influenced by a gambler at some point. Pathological gamblers are likely to smoke cigarettes, commit a crime, spend time in jail, do domestic violence and/or theft/fraud. These types of gamblers are more likely to drink a lot or use illegal drugs.

 

Psychology & sociology