What are the causes and effects of gambling?What are the causes and effects of gambling?

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

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Gambling is caused by people who seek the rush associated with risk and pursue materialistic goals. People enjoy the game, the experience of the adrenaline rush, and the payoff. The effects are often financial ruin. Gamblers sometimes don't know where to stop, and can lose everything if they become addicted.
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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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There are many causes for gambling that can be as simple as just the desire to win money to clinical depression. One cause of gambling is that for some people it may have become compulsive. This means that they may have an actual addiction to gambling.

The effects that this can have on an individual, and the individuals family, can be devastating. The effects that compulsive gambling can have on an individual range from medical problems to financial problems. Medically it can cause loss of sleep, high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. The effects financially can be traumatizing to a family. People have lost their homes and everything else they own due to gambling.

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You can find a lot of adrenaline junkies in a casino environment.  The thrill of winning money in risky situations is both very stressful and very euphoric - when it turns out your way.  You also tend to find many elderly people who have a lot of free time and extra money on their hands so that they can afford the hobby, pass the time, and aren't betting the mortgage money.

Gambling is more popular with some cultures, including some Native American and Asian cultures.  In those cases, it is more socially acceptable and traditional, although as more and more casinos open across the US, it's becoming socially acceptable everywhere.

The effects can be disastrous.  The high people get from winning is addictive, so they can get to a point where they are always chasing the last win, or staying in the betting until they "win back" their original stake.  Most times they never do.

On the positive side, gambling in the US has put hundreds of millions of dollars back into the hands of tribal governments who then, at least sometimes, use them to fund social programs that help out long neglected tribal social needs.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The causes and effects of gambling are surely very different depending on the person involved.  I do not know that it is possible to accurately state them.

Surely, the desire to get money is part of the cause of gambling.  People like to get more money than they have, and gambling is one way to do that.  There is also the desire to have some amount of danger or risk in one's life.  Many people get a bit of a high from being in some amount of danger (see bungee jumping) and gambling clearly risks money.

As far as effects go, these also differ by person.  For some people, gambling is addictive and can ruin lives.  For others, it is a relatively harmless diversion -- one where even a losing gambler is simply paying for entertainment.

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What are the causes and effects of gambling?

Gambling is caused by people who seek the rush associated with risk and pursue materialistic goals. People enjoy the game, the experience of the adrenaline rush, and the payoff. The effects are often financial ruin. Gamblers sometimes don't know where to stop, and can lose everything if they become addicted.

The effects that this can have on an individual, and the individuals family, can be devastating. The effects that compulsive gambling can have on an individual range from medical problems to financial problems. Medically it can cause loss of sleep, high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. The effects financially can be traumatizing to a family. People have lost their homes and everything else they own due to gambling.

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Gambling is the thing that will causes us to live with a principle that is " money is life", so we must not involve in gambling to avoid this type of effects.

 

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