Non-Mensual Costs of Gambling

Gambling is the wagering of something of value on a random event with the intent to win another thing of value. Examples of gambling include lotteries, casino games, and sports betting. It can lead to financial, labor, and health impacts on individuals and families, but these costs can be difficult to quantify. In addition, gambling often causes social, community, and environmental impacts that are nonmonetary. These have been less studied and may be underestimated in costing analyses.

Behavioral therapy: Individual and group therapy can help people with gambling disorder cope with their addiction by addressing the underlying issues. Psychodynamic therapy helps people understand how unconscious processes can influence their behavior. This type of therapy can also improve self-awareness and provide motivation to change.

Other psychological factors can contribute to a person developing a gambling disorder, such as an underactive brain reward system or genetic predisposition for thrill-seeking behaviors and impulsivity. People with low incomes are particularly vulnerable to developing a gambling problem, as are men and young people. They often have more to lose and are more likely to make risky bets that can lead to serious financial problems.

People in communities that support gambling are more likely to believe that the activity is not a problem, making it harder for them to recognize when they have a problem and seek help. This can be especially true for cultures where gambling is considered a normal pastime, like in many European countries and some South American states, or when it is viewed as a way to celebrate achievements.