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Gambling Addiction Picture this situation A man who is having problems at home and is low on cash decides to go to a casino and try his luck He places small bets at first wins a few times and feels great Eventually the risk becomes too little for him and he begins to bet more He begins losing the bigger bets and soon loses all of his money He is trapped in an emotional rut as he remembers the great feeling he got from winning and begins borrowing money to try to cover his debts His gambling accelerates to a frenzied pace while he continuously denies the severity of his problem He believes that just one huge win will solve all of his problems Meanwhile he loses his wife who does not trust him anymore His habit eventually becomes the focal point of his life Now Im not saying gambling is wrong I enjoy it as a small-time hobby but I think of it as entertainment only You cant expect to win every time you gamble Ive even felt trapped in a rut similar to the man in the story above where I thought I could win all my money back and it never happened It was then that I realized gambling should be done strictly for entertainment Habitual gambling or gambling addiction is a danger to the public Gambling is defined as any behavior that involves the risking of money or valuables on the outcome of a game contest or other event that is partially or totally dependant on chance Gambling has been going on in America for hundreds of years In historical America lotteries were used for liquidating property and poker and other card games were played as an after-dinner activity In 1991 gross gambling profits were at an estimated 100 billion dollars One year later in 1992 the figures jumped to an estimated 300 billion dollars This shows that gambling has
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