Gambling involves wagering something of value on a random event, where instances of strategy are discounted. While some people are against gambling, it is a popular form of entertainment that contributes to a given percentage of the GDP of countries worldwide. It also provides employment to a great number of individuals. Although the negative side of gambling has been highlighted in many publications, this article reviews the complementary and contrasting views on the effects of gambling from a public health perspective.
The impacts of gambling can be observed at three levels – financial, labor, and health and well-being. These can affect gamblers at the personal and interpersonal levels as well as the community/society level. The former includes changes in gamblers’ finances, the impact on family members, and the effect escalating into debt or bankruptcy has on other individuals and the community as a whole.
In addition, gambling can be beneficial to a person’s intelligence, as it requires strategizing and planning to achieve success. The same is true for the socialization aspect, as it can help people meet new people with similar interests and relax while having fun.
Finally, there are physiological benefits to gambling, such as the release of adrenalin and endorphins. This can make a player feel happy and excited, especially when they win. However, these positive aspects of gambling may be overshadowed by the negative effects that can occur when it becomes an addiction. If you are struggling to control your gambling, contact StepChange for free debt advice.