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Expanding Gambling Creates Job Losses
Its a “Sucker Bet”

"For every three (slot) machines, you lose two jobs out of the surrounding economy because people are dumping their money on gambling.” Prof. John Kindt, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana Champain

“People will spend a tremendous amount of money in casinos, money they normally would spend on refrigerators or a new car. Local businesses will suffer because they’ll lose consumer dollars to casinos.” Donald Trump

Compulsive gambling can have profound and long-lasting consequences for your life, including: Job loss or professional stigma. . . Compulsive gambling Complications By Mayo Clinic staff

Problem and pathological gambling have been demonstrated to be associated with negative measures such as high rates of job loss,. . .
Health Correlates of Recreational Gambling in Older Adults THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/161/9/1672?maxtoshow=&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&fulltext=
GAMBLING+JOBS&searchid=1&FIRSTINDEX=0&sortspec=relevance&resourcetype=HWCIT

Now, not only are they suffering from the problems that started them gambling in the first place but they are also dealing with the negative consequences of their gambling (e.g., divorce, job loss, financial problems,. . . Twenty-one percent of the serious problem gamblers had lost or quit their jobs because of gambling. . . .these individuals remained out of work for more than one year.
WISCONSIN POLICY RESEACH INSTITUTE REPORT July, 1996 Volume 9, Number 6

Gambling can so consume a person that it leads to loss of productivity on the job and subsequent unemployment. Roughly one fourth to one third of gamblers treated in Gamblers Anonymous report losing a job because of a gambling problem.
(National Gambling Impact Study Commission report). Sadly, some end up homeless.
No Gambling Allowed / www.thetrumpet.com/index.php?q=2220.4839.82.0 8.18.09

This disorder is characterized by a progressive and maladaptive pattern of gambling behavior that leads to loss of significant relationships, job, educational or career opportunities, and even commission of illegal acts.
Health Correlates of Recreational Gambling in Older Adults
THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/161/9/1672?


Some gamblers interviewed had lost their jobs as a direct result of their gambling activities. This was usually due to unreliable attendance, being late for work, or not fulfilling work duties. . . .woman dissolved a business partnership so she could use the money for gambling. One respondent described how he missed a scheduled job interview because he chose to continue gambling instead.
Socio-Economic Impacts of Gambling Developing a methodology for assessing the socio-economic impacts of gambling in New Zealand
www.shore.ac.nz/projects/Gambling%20socioeconomic%20FINAL%20REPORT%202.2.06.pdf


In addition to high rates of mental health problems and poor general health, high rates of job loss, divorce, bankruptcy, arrest, and incarceration were found to be associated with problem and pathological gambling.
An Addictive Behavior with Health and Primary Care Implications
Marc N. Potenza MD, PhD, David A. Fiellin MD, George R. Heninger MD, Bruce J. Rounsaville MD, Carolyn M. Mazure PhD http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1525-1497.2002.10812.x/full


Has jeopardized or lost a . . . job, or educational or career opportunity because of gambling.
Reprinted with permission from American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders. 4th ed. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association, 1994:615-18. Copyright 1994.


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