Gambling Addiction.

I’ve been following a story presented on the BBC about the prevalence of compulsive gambling particularly, among men. Evidently men are than 7 times more likely than women to become addicted to gambling with over 400K gambling addicts in the UK. Portrayed was a young man who lost £30K and another who lost £16 million!

Having presented facts, the BBC tries to explore why this is the case. Are men less averse to risk? Possibly but there’s more to it than that. Evidently a combination of “lad’s culture”, in combination with other compulsive behaviours such as drug taking and the manner in which the gambling industry in the UK presents itself all contribute to the widespread problem. Individuals must take responsibility for their actions but the time has arrived to explore why the problem is so widespread and so destructive.