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Should welfare payments be stopped for problem gamblers?

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Introduction

´╗┐An addiction is just like any other mental disorder. It slowly starts to consume your life and you can do nothing but be a slave to it; just like any other mental disorder it needs to be treated with care from a professional who is willing to council and guide the sufferer out of the addiction. We shouldn?t sacrifice a person?s welfare just because they have a mental disorder such as a gambling addiction. This essay will be addressing the psychological reasons on why Welfare Payments should not be suspended for problem gamblers. ...read more.

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Stopping welfare payments to a person just because they have a mental disorder such as a gambling addiction can be seen as inhumane as it decreases their quality of their life. Gambling addiction is a symptom of psychological ill-health. If we treated any other mentally ill individuals in the same way it would be seen as immoral. Getting rid of welfare payments instead of treating the illness is counter-productive and will lead to many negative issues like an increase in crime which my second speaker sunny will be elaborating on. Stopping welfare payments will not stop gambling problems. ...read more.

Conclusion

Most people enjoy gambling with over 80% of citizens gambling occasionally and 40% gambling regularly. Only about 1% of the adult population has a real gambling problem. How would we separate this one per cent from the rest of the population? The issue is gambling addiction, not the welfare payments. We should invest in education schemes and counselling for problem gamblers rather than cutting off welfare to stop gambling problems happening in the first place. The issue with people that have gambling problems is that they will go from welfare payments to the soup kitchen yet will still keep gambling and this cannot be solved through stopping welfare payments. ...read more.

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