Gambling Should Be Banned In The United States
People gamble to win some money. Others play for entertainment. Thus these reasons justify gambling. But what are the side effects of gambling? Studies have been conducted on the impact of gambling. While some positive effects have been identified, negative effects are more profound. M
This means that millions of people have used all their savings in gambling. Others have gone into debt after borrowing to gamble. In addition, other people have lost their jobs because of gambling. Even worse, some gamblers have fallen into depression because of gambling. These are just but some of the negative impacts of gambling. Only a few people benefit. While a majority suffers. Thus, we need to argue why Gambling should be banned in the United States. This is why the government should ban gambling. Below, we discuss some of the effects of gambling.
The financial impact of gambling
Financial harm is a common problem among gamblers. Most gamblers report financial problems caused by gambling. For instance, King is 28 years, a former gambler. He tells us about an experience that almost drove him crazy. ‘I loved gambling. There are days I got lucky and made some good money. Other days I lost my hard-earned money. But there is one time I had a very bad experience. Consequently, I used all the money I had with me to gamble. But something was telling me that was my lucky day.
So, I decided to use some of my savings to play. I therefore withdrew my savings three times. I still had hopes I would win good money. So, I decided to withdraw one last time. However, what shocked me was the balance. I had already lost 75% of my savings. Still, I withdrew the remaining savings. Sadly, and painfully I lost it. I almost went into depression. I had to rely on my parents for financial support. Since then I have not and will no gamble.’ King narrated.
King is lucky he has a family to rely on. Some gamblers are the breadwinners of their families. If they use all their savings in gambling, their families will suffer. Some families have even become homeless from gambling.
For some people, gambling affects their job performance. Some don’t report to work. Research shows that some people miss work to gamble. Others have impaired working relationships. As a result, their contracts are terminated. The problem is that employment is a major source of family income. Termination of the contract can have huge effects at individual ad family levels. One potential effect is family conflicts or even breakups.
Health impacts of gambling
Gambling is associated with distress. This is caused by shame, stigma, self-hatred, and guilt. Most gamblers report feelings of guilt and self-hatred. Others report regular stress and anxiety. This frequent exposure to stress is harmful to health. It is associated with headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, and cardiac arrest.
Gambling comes with mixed emotions. When playing, there is anxiety. Will I win? What if I lose my money? A lot of anxiety is going on. When you win, there is joy and excitement. Who doesn’t like winning anyway? Losing comes with another set of emotions. You start regretting using your money. Either, you feel a little guilty. You develop some stress. The level of stress depends on the amount lost. But even minimal levels of stress build-up. Eventually, you start experiencing the effects of gambling. For example, you may start being short-tempered. You may also discover you are always stressed.
Gambling affects relationships
Gambling harms relationships. For example, Ryan is a low-income earner. But he loves gambling. Most of the time, he loses. Whenever he goes home after losing, he argues with his wife. Sometimes they even get into a physical fight. This is because he is the family’s breadwinner. His wife and children depend on his little salary. This money is lost to gambling. There are times he steals the savings of his wife to gamble. This causes arguments and more conflicts. His wife also complains that Ryan spends less time with the family. He uses his leisure time gambling. The wife feels that Ryan no longer cares about his family. This causes tension and emotional distance in their relationship. The problem is that gambling ties up people that think about others become a problem.
Gambling exploits the poor
Low-income earners are more likely to engage in gambling than rich people. Several studies have found that poor people have a higher tendency to gamble. This means that the poor end up losing money from gambling. Low-income earners lose money revenues drawn by the government, and lost through gambling. This is like taxing the poor. Or what can we call it? Of course, sometimes they win. The problem is that they lose most of the time. Let us look at an example. Max goes to the Casino every Saturday night. On average, he uses $50 every visit. In six months, he wins one time a total of $50. He loses in other nights a total of $1150. A low income earner ends up losing a lot of money
Gambling may offer some form of entertainment. But it comes with so many side effects. People lose money. Others go into depression. Relationships break. The problem is that most of the affected people are low-income earners. In fact, the government has a responsibility to protect the poor. The revenues from gambling can be attractive to the government. But at what cost are we willing to do this?