The Impact of Gambling


Gambling is a type of betting in which people stake something valuable, such as money, on an event with uncertain outcomes. Typically, the stake is matched to ‘odds’ (e.g. a football team winning a match) which determine how much money the gambler could win if successful. Gambling takes place in a wide range of places including casinos, racetracks, sports events and online.

It is also possible to gamble without risking any of your own money, by playing cards with friends or colleagues in a social setting. These games are referred to as private gambling and can be a fun way to interact with your friends.

Regardless of whether you gamble on the lottery, at a casino or in your own home, there are many different types of gambling that can lead to addiction, and it is important to be aware of these risks. If you believe that you have a problem with gambling it is recommended that you seek help and support from one of the many organisations that offer this service.

While there are numerous studies that have examined the impact of gambling, most have focused on its monetary effects on society. These effects include gambling revenues, tourism, economic growth, and infrastructure cost or value changes. However, there are very few studies that have looked at the personal and interpersonal impacts of gambling. These impacts are often overlooked as they are non-monetary by nature, and can be difficult to measure.