Gambling Related Deaths Alcohol and drug related Deaths are recorded by Federal Authorities so why not Gambling Related  Deaths and how would they be recorded ,are governments afraid to expose...

Gambling Related Deaths

Alcohol and drug related Deaths are recorded by Federal Authorities so why not Gambling Related  Deaths and how would they be recorded ,are governments afraid to expose the truth just like alocholism in the 1930's ?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I agree that gambling deaths should be taken seriously, but it's not always possible to determine whether a guess is gambling-related.  There are many crimes associated with gambling, including loan sharking and theft.  Gambling can also lead to other conditions such as depression and drug use.  Although some gambling might lead to murder or suicide, the gambling world is not easy for the government to track and it is difficult for law enforcement to find and shut down all illegal gambling that might lead to gambling-related deaths.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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In addition to what the others have said about drug and alcohol deaths being easier to determine, drugs and alcohol are regulated by government agencies. It makes sense that they would record the deaths as a means of supporting their continued control over such matters. I'm not sure what federal controls the government has over gambling.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I am not sure you could ever determine that a death was caused by gambling. As stated above Medical Examiners can show through their autopsy that drugs or alcohol are involved in any way. I do not know of any way you could determine a death was related to gambling.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I would say that any death by suicide is a death from depression, a clinical condition.  Gambling can certainly be one of the causes of depression, as can any other compulsive behavior, but I agree that there is no actual way to prove the gambling itself was the cause of suicide.  It could only be a factor in creating a condition of depression that might lead to suicide.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It's pretty easy to tell when a death is alcohol or drug related (at least it often is).  A person is drunk and falls off a balcony -- clearly alcohol related.  Same goes for a drunk driver.

But how are you going to determine which deaths are gambling related?  If a person with huge gambling debts commits suicide, was it gambling related?  Did the debts stress him enough to count?  How would you know?

So instead of looking for government conspiracy or corruption or fear, all we need to do is to think about the logistics of recording such deaths to know why it is not done.

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