Gambling and Its Effects on the Community



Gambling involves placing a value on an uncertain event that has the potential of yielding a prize. The process of gambling is usually facilitated by using cash, credit cards, or even electronic devices such as smart phones. The main purpose of gambling is to provide individuals with a sense of entertainment which can be enjoyed by many. This form of entertainment allows people to socialize with one another and is an excellent way to kill boredom. Some people also use gambling to relax. It can be done at a casino, at home or even online. There are several ways to help an individual overcome his/her gambling addiction including seeing a counselor, attending a support group or simply taking a break from the activity.

Gambling affects the community by causing external costs such as financial, labor and health and well-being impacts. These effects may appear at the personal, interpersonal or community/societal levels and can have a long-term effect on an individual’s life. These costs may result from gamblers going into debt, obtaining illegal activities or engaging in other types of risky behavior.

There are also some negative social consequences of gambling which include harm to family relationships, increased crime and bankruptcy. Compulsive gamblers may often prioritize their gambling activities over their loved ones and this can lead to anger, betrayal and resentment between the family members. It is therefore important for the community to be aware of the possible problems which may occur from gambling.