The Positive and Negative Impacts of GamblingNovember 21, 2023
Gambling is the wagering of something of value, such as money or items of personal property, on an event with a chance of winning something else of value. It can occur in casinos, racetracks, online, or even at football matches and scratchcard games. It requires three things: consideration, risk and a prize. Gambling is a popular activity among people of all ages, ranging from young children to older adults. However, some individuals are more prone to gambling addiction than others. The factors that contribute to an individual becoming a gambling addict are complex, but some of them include: alterations in brain chemical messengers, genetic predispositions, and a lack of impulse control.
In a regulated casino environment, taxes are collected on gambling profits to support local community services and infrastructure. This helps to reduce poverty and unemployment, while increasing economic stability. It also provides jobs for dealers, pit bosses, software developers and designers, and various other roles. It can help to create a sense of pride in the local area and improve community cohesion.
There are also negative impacts associated with gambling, such as an increase in gambling-related debt and stress on families. It can also have an impact on public health, with increased demand for addiction treatment services and the risk of financial exploitation. In addition, gambling can lead to family problems, such as conflict over finances, substance abuse, and depression, which may further exacerbate a person’s gambling behavior.
It is important to remember that the positive and negative aspects of gambling should be evaluated separately. Often, a problem gambler will hide or downplay their gambling behaviour, and may try to convince their family that it is not a problem. The frustration of the uncertainty of gambling is often compounded by an underlying mood disorder, such as depression or anxiety, which can trigger and make worse gambling-related problems.
Many individuals use gambling as a way to self-soothe unpleasant emotions or relieve boredom, especially after a stressful day at work, following an argument with their partner, or when they are feeling lonely. However, there are healthier and more effective ways of doing this, including exercise, spending time with friends who don’t gamble, or practicing relaxation techniques.
It is vital that you take all the necessary steps to safeguard yourself and your loved ones from financial harm caused by gambling. If you are concerned about a friend or relative’s gambling habits, seek out help and support for them. There are also a range of Safeguarding Courses available to help you understand the risks involved and the procedures to follow. To view the full list of courses, visit our Online Courses Page. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our Safeguarding experts on 01908 736444 or email us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you. Our Safeguarding Courses cover a variety of subjects, from Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults to Safeguarding Children. Upon completion, all delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance.