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The Effects of Gambling


Gambling is the wagering of something of value (usually money) on an event that is based upon chance with the intention of winning something else of value. Examples of gambling include betting on a football team to win a match or placing bets with friends on scratchcards.

The odds of a certain outcome in a game of chance are set by the betting company or organizer and can range from 5/1 to 2/1. The player then selects an amount to bet and places it on the event. If the bet is correct, the player wins the sum he or she has wagered. If the bet is wrong, the person loses the amount he or she has wagered.

People gamble for many reasons, including the adrenaline rush of winning money, socialising or escaping from worries or stress. But for some, gambling can become out of control, leading to financial problems and harming their personal relationships. If you or someone you know has a problem with gambling, there are services available to help.

The effects of gambling can be assessed on three classes: financial, labor and health, and well-being. Financial impacts may be changes in gambling revenues, tourism impacts, and infrastructure cost or value changes. Labor impacts include the economic consequences of gambling on workers, such as changes in performance, absenteeism and turnover. Finally, health and well-being impacts assess the positive and negative aspects of gambling on the population’s physical, psychological and social well-being.