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So, what is gambling?

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So, what is gambling? Gambling is any activity that involves payment, risk, and prize. It may come in a thousand different packages, it may claim to be for a worthy cause, but it remains an activity designed to take the money of many and place it in the hands of a few. And, just because something is legal does not make it moral or harmless. When gambling expands, so does the number of gambling addicts. It is estimated that close to 10 million Americans now have a gambling habit that is out of control, and the number is growing daily. The number of compulsive gamblers will increase between 100 and 550 percent when gambling is brought into an area. ...read more.


Crime and gambling are inseparable partners, the crime rate in gambling communities is nearly double the national average, according to a 1996 'U.S. News & World Report' analysis. Three years after casinos arrived, Atlantic City went from 50th to first in the nation in crime. At least two-thirds of compulsive gamblers turn to crime to finance their addiction. For millions of Americans, gambling addiction has become a pathway to pain and misery; for some it leads to death. Gambling-related suicides have become common, as legalized gambling has spread across America. Researchers have concluded that 9.9 percent to 14.2 percent of young people in America, ages 15-20, display problems of gambling behaviour. A 1997 Florida survey found 80 percent of the state's teenagers gambled at least one time during the year. ...read more.


"If my life was a tree, one branch would be that I'm a thief, another branch is that I'm a liar, another being that I'm no longer in school, and another being that I no longer have my parents trust and respect, and I'm not permitted to live in their home. But if you cut off each of the branches you still haven't gotten to the root of the problem which is my gambling." Gambling problems among youths has been shown to result in increased crime, and the disruption of relationships, and negatively affects overall school performance and work activities. While these youth present themselves differently from adults, although they have similar characteristics. These youths have a problem with gambling, sacrificing school, work, and parents and relationships in order to gamble. ...read more.

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