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The Causes and Effects of Gambling Have you ever felt remorse after gambling Has gambling affected your reputation Do you often gamble until your last dollar is gone Do you ever borrow to finance your gambling After a win do you have a strong urge to return and win more A compulsive gambler will often reply yes to most of these questions but many simply wont admit the fact that they have a problem Admitting that their behaviour is compulsive is like accepting defeat Gamblers spend most of their time trying to win so giving in doesnt come easy Gambling has been seen as a problem in society ever since it was made legal in Nevada and Atlantic City in 1976 Since then pro-gambling lobbyists have fought to get a form of legalized gambling in every state but the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling has prevailed In 1987 however the Supreme Court ruled that Native Americans who are without state regulation could offer legal gambling far outside Indian reservations This decision has contributed to the rising numbers of compulsive gamblers in many states More than 6 of adult gamblers are now considered to be addicted and the numbers are continuing to grow At present Americans will wager over 550 billion dollars a year 3200 increase since Moore 2 1976 Solutions to this problem are beginning to come forward much to the gambling industrys dislike as the four percent of pathological gamblers may account for as much as 52 of an average casinos revenues Horn 4 The causes of compulsive gambling are similar to those which alcoholics and drug addicts encounter Compulsive gamblers are preoccupied with seeking out gambling and gamble longer than intended and with more money than intended There is also the equivalent of tolerance when gamblers have to increase the size of their bets or the odds against them in order to create the desired amount of excitement Lesieur 2
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