The Effects of Gambling on Society

1594 Words May 6th, 2006 7 Pages
As gambling becomes more and more prevalent in today's society, one must look at the positive and negative aspects of the construction of casinos and other gambling establishments. While casinos have been shown to benefit local economies by creating jobs and generating tax revenues, they also lead to many social problems such as increased suicide, crime, accident, and high-school drop out rates. For example, in Indiana, a study shows its ten riverboat casinos are to blame for $1 million worth of crime each week. The upside is that it also brought in $763 million in net revenue in one fiscal year (Study: Despite Problems, 2006). The issue of gambling, and specifically the construction of casinos, is important across the nation as casinos …show more content…
Lastly, in regards to the economic benefits of casinos, opponents say that casinos don't even produce jobs for the city in which the casino is located. In Joliet nearly 60% of the casino's employees live outside the city, and over half live outside the county (Torr, 2002, p.104). Also the statistics that show increase in employment of casinos do not take into account the job creation that would have occurred had the casino not been built. Along with refuting the economical advantages of casinos, opponents of the gambling industry also claim that casinos are the cause of many social problems. These social costs are extremely hard to put in a dollar amount, but that does not mean we don't feel their effect. Nevada, for example has the highest suicide rate in America. It also has among the highest number of accidents per mile driven, and deplorable crime, and high-school drop out rates in the country. Replication studies show that the more available and accessible gambling is, the higher the number of problem gamblers (Pavalko, 2002, p.56). These problem gamblers have a high propensity to commit crimes, especially forgery, theft, embezzlement, and fraud. The American Insurance Institute estimates that 40% of white-collar crime has its roots in
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