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This paper explains that the every-present opportunities to gamble have caused a sharp increase in gambling addicts or pathological gamblers. The author points out that pathological gambling addiction is similar to drug and alcohol addiction; "Gambler's Anonymous" is perhaps the best known and most successful outpatient treatment for gambling. The paper relates that, although the gaming industry is trying to help treat the problem by funding educational programs and treatment facilities, one of the main keys to solving the problem is making gambling less accessible similar to limiting the hours and to whom alcohol can be sold and served.
From the Paper:"Unlike pathological drug abuse, pathological gambling is hard to identify. The addict can at times seem quite normal, but there are some side effects and symptoms. Gambling addicts often have wide mood swings similar to manic depression. They are happy when winning, and depressed when losing. This depression can sometimes be suicidal. The pathological gambler often ends up in debt, and has problems accounting for large sums of misplaced or lost money. They borrow money from friends frequently, and fail to pay their bills."
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Pathological Gambling (2006, March 19) Retrieved December 18, 2014, from http://www.academon.com/term-paper/pathological-gambling-64482/
"Pathological Gambling" 19 March 2006. Web. 18 December. 2014. <http://www.academon.com/term-paper/pathological-gambling-64482/>