Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Problem gambling: five minutes with . . . Henrietta Bowden-Jones

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 23 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2240

Opinion: We need to take decisive action to address the harms of problem gambling

Opinion: Is gambling a public health issue?

Rapid Response:

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

23 May 2018
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA