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Feature Christmas 2014: Going to Extremes

Against the odds in Las Vegas

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7669 (Published 17 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7669

Beware of Gambling


Gambling is an addictive behavior and social lubricant that tricks and traps us by creating the fleeting euphoria of feeling lucky and rich, but the sustained sickness of being unlucky and poor. The euphoria of feeling lucky and rich, and the sickness of being unlucky and poor, are opposites that reinforce each other: the euphoria blinds us to the sickness; and the sickness makes us crave the euphoria. Perversely but predictably, gambling creates, aggravates, and perpetuates the very sickness of being unlucky and poor that it falsely seems to cure, thus placing lotteries and casinos, and their owners/sponsors, in a very bad light.


Competing interests: No competing interests

01 January 2015
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, USA