Public Health and Gambling


Gambling involves staking something of value on a random event with the intent to win a prize. This activity has many different forms, including casino gambling, lottery, scratchcards and sports betting. It can be carried out at home, in casinos, on television and online. Gambling is a form of entertainment, but it can also be addictive and lead to problems for some people. Problem gambling can affect people from all walks of life, regardless of age, gender, race or economic status. It can be a serious illness that impacts not only the gambler but also his or her family, significant others and the community.

Gambling is a popular leisure time activity that has significant economic, social, and health and well-being costs and benefits for the individual gambler and society. It is essential that the impact of gambling be studied from a public health perspective to understand and evaluate its effects on individuals and society. In the past, research on gambling’s social and economic impacts has focused primarily on costs. However, in order to fully evaluate gambling’s impact, a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) approach is necessary.

Gambling stimulates the brain’s reward system, which releases dopamine, the feel-good neurotransmitter that makes us excited. This is why it’s so easy for people to get hooked on gambling. The good news is that there are ways to reduce the risk of problem gambling and make it a safer pastime. For example, you can avoid mixing it with alcohol or other substances.