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The Social Impacts of Gambling


Gambling is the wagering of money or other valuables on a random event that has an uncertain outcome. The event can be anything from the roll of a dice to the spin of a roulette wheel or the outcome of a horse race. The key elements of gambling are consideration, risk and a prize. Gambling can be a fun way to pass the time or it can become an addiction.

In the case of an addicted gambler, the consequences can be devastating to relationships, finances, and careers. In addition, compulsive gambling often leads to a vicious cycle where individuals go to extreme lengths to fund their habit, such as going into debt or engaging in illegal activities. It is important for people to realize that there are treatment options available, including family therapy and credit counseling.

Some people consider themselves gamblers even though they do not have an obvious gambling problem. This may be because they feel a rush of excitement when they place a bet or because they enjoy thinking about what they would do with a jackpot. There are also some people who have an underactive brain reward system that can make them more susceptible to thrill-seeking behaviours and impulsivity.

The majority of studies on gambling have focused on monetary costs and benefits. However, some research has explored the social impacts of gambling. Societal/community level externalities are categorized as general costs, costs related to problem gambling and long-term costs.