The Effects of Gambling on a Community


Gambling is the activity of placing bets on an uncertain event, such as a game or a race. It requires three elements: consideration, risk and a reward (the stake).

The most common forms of gambling are lotteries, which are operated in many European countries, South American countries and Australia. Other forms of gambling include organized football pools and horse racing.

Problem Gambling is a mental health disorder that affects the brain and causes people to gamble more and more money, with no apparent reason. It can result in negative consequences such as financial and social problems.

Symptoms of Problem Gambling

The signs of gambling addiction are similar to those for other addictive behaviors, such as substance abuse and depression. They include: Needs to gamble more and more to feel the excitement of winning; is restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling; and has made repeated unsuccessful attempts to control, cut back or stop.

Treatment of Gambling Addiction

Counseling can help people understand their gambling habits and how they impact their lives. It can also help them think about options and solutions.

Economic Impact of Gambling on a Community

The economic benefits and costs associated with gambling depend on where the casino is located, as well as the type of gambling. Some benefits and costs are tangible, while others may be intangible, such as the effects of a casino on local wildlife.

A number of studies have attempted to measure the economic effects of gambling. However, few have demonstrated the careful and thorough efforts that are necessary to estimate the actual net effects of gambling.