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Practice A Patient’s Journey

Gambling addiction

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7789 (Published 30 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7789

Re: Gambling addiction

Gambling, an addictive behavior and social lubricant, creates the fleeting euphoria of hope and wealth, but the sustained sickness of hopelessness and poverty. The euphoria of hope and wealth, and the sickness of hopelessness and poverty, are polar opposites that reinforce each other: the euphoria blinds you to the sickness; and the sickness makes you crave the euphoria. Ironically, gambling creates, aggravates, and perpetuates the very sickness it seems to cure.

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 January 2012
Hugh Mann
Physician