Gambling and its Effects Essay

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The adrenaline-rushing feeling of gambling offers people the idea that opportunity lies within their hands. Unfortunately, there are far too many consequences to gambling to even begin to count. To win you must play, and to win big you must play big. As more gamblers can recall their losses rather than their winnings, gamblers are often dealt with poor hands and must play the risky game to stay alive. Even though gambling has so many faults, some still fall under its corruptions because of gambling’s deceiving fallacies.
The Gambling industry attempts to win support with misleading information in its promotions. For example, gambling is said to help stimulate the economy by providing more jobs. According to the American Gaming Association
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Education should not be supported by the tainted money lost by gamblers. Gambling is promoted by lies that people choose to believe rather than realizing the inaccurate misconceptions.
Gambling not only affects the costs of money, but also the costs a person’s job, family, and overall life. Clearly, this in turn should cause the need for extreme action—the prohibition of gambling. Gambling should be illegal because it promotes illegal crimes, family disruptions, and addictions. Gamblers are known for illegal activities. In a survey by the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, Henry Lesiur discovered that in "400 Gamblers Anonymous members, 57% admitted stealing to finance their gambling." Also in the same survey, "two-thirds had contemplated suicide, 47% had a definite plan to kill themselves, and 77% stated that they have wanted to die." Additionally, Nevada's suicide rate in 1995 was more than double the national average. Furthermore, places known for gambling such as Las Vegas, Reno, and Atlantic City all in 1997 had suicide rates that were more than four times higher than similar sized cities lacking legalized gambling. (Casey 37) Obviously, when gambling is involved, crime is present. Although gamblers might suggest they are