The Social Costs of Gambling
Although gambling is a legitimate pastime, there are a number of disadvantages to it. In addition to the economic costs, gambling can also have negative social impacts. Although most research on gambling focuses on the individual and economic costs of gambling, it is important to consider the social costs of gambling. These are often invisible, but can become visible at the community or society level. Some of these costs are incurred by the gambler or his or her family.
In order to identify the negative impacts of gambling, a conceptual model of gambling impacts has been developed. This model is a useful tool to evaluate the effects of gambling on a community, society, or individual. It allows researchers to compare the different health effects of gambling with the impacts of alcohol and other forms of gambling.
Public gambling can include horse races and dog races. This type of gambling involves betting on the winner of an event. Individuals can also gamble privately. Private poker games, for instance, are often considered to be forms of gambling. However, these games are typically small in scope and do not require publicity or a door fee.
The social and economic costs of gambling have yet to be adequately quantified. Although the costs associated with gambling are easy to measure, many other unmeasured costs are hard to measure, such as emotional stress and relationship problems.