Gambling Can Lead to Other Risky Behaviors
Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for RENEWAL at Brookhaven Hospital
According to Rehab International, research reveals that in America, approximately 2.5 million adults suffer from compulsive gambling, about 3 million are considered problem gamblers, around 15 million adults are under the risk of becoming problem gamblers and 148 million fall under the low risk gambler category. The research furthers says that the addiction is more common among Caucasian Americans in comparison to Hispanic Americans and or African Americans.
Just like other addictions, gambling behavior adversely affects an individual’s career and personal relationships. Gambling has become legalized in many physical locations across the nation and the ability to gamble on the internet has made the activity more accessible than ever before.
A Johns Hopkins University researcher says that the cost of excessive gambling “ranks among the most expensive illnesses afflicting society” and the least expensive to treat. (Politzer,et al., 1985) What is especially alarming about gambling addiction is the suicide rate among active gamblers.
Their is no fruit that comes from gambling. The book of Proverbs talks about the dangers of drinking and gambling. Even Jesus declared that every person is responsible and accountable to be a faithful steward over their money that He has entrusted to them. (Luke 16:10)