National mental health: the dangers of gambling addiction

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National mental health: the dangers of gambling addiction

By DR MIKE NEVILLE

“Gambling: there’s absolutely no way to do anything,” Wilson Mizner.

After widespread legal gambling in the Bahamas, many of you may be surprised by the potential addiction of psychiatrists.

Addiction symptoms are similar to other hidden addictions, such as the inability to stop drugs, family worries and gambling, which can lead to depression and even suicide.

Gambling has been around for a long time, and most modern casino games come from Europe and China. I grew up in an Irish family, and the experience of having and training racehorses was the joy of watching the game, watching horses and racing dogs flying on the track. I was attracted by probability theory and studied a series of martingale variants of random variables. I was interested in roulette, even if there was a chance of a black fall, and a demand for exponential growth, there was no unlimited amount of money that would eventually bankrupt me. This figure further deviates from the zero point, which changes the chance of martingale’s statistical base of fifty to five. Then I realized that when I visited a casino, I saw zero, two zeros and three zeros on the wheel, and the real odds were unfair to the punters. I knew that the bank always won, so I decided that gambling would not suit me.

# even seems very interesting for gambling in Dublin’s medical school, a classmate from a pet shop to buy some mice, little bets are placed, and see which bars frequented by rats in our first across the finish line on the table. When an enterprising students hold a wild mice into the game, the mouse without a match, he jump into the air, around the railing disappear under the table, upset all the customers, it all becomes a funny ending. Not amused, end the form of gambling!

# at that time I realized that the dark side of gambling, when I see people loitering near the casino, looks restless, anxious, their wages clearly didn’t want to go home to feed their families.

Gambling in the Bahamas has an interesting history of starting small casino clubs catering to high-end tourists; This was eventually done in the 1967 gambling commission. An interesting reading is the warning from the omnipresent “advisers” and letters from the Christian council and the Catholic bishops’ warnings about the potential moral abyss of open gambling. The resulting recommendations created a compromise that legalised gambling but did not allow bahamian citizens or residents to gamble. There is also a ban on the bahamians as gamblers in the casinos, which are highly paid and create a situation that eventually leads to bad feelings around them. Illegal gambling in the form of “Numbers” continues to flourish, making the law seem somewhat irrelevant.

The recent gambling referendum created a similar stalemate; The church has again warned the moral abyss, actually winning the “no” vote. This time there is no compromise, and gambling is booming. There has been little discussion about the inevitable casualties of gambling addiction, and many therapists have experience in treating other addictions, but lack treatment options for this particular addiction.

If we recognize the importance of mental health, it would be good to form a unit that can study the scale of this growing problem and provide treatment. I think it’s like a gambling addict’s “magical thinking,” which makes me think it might be millions of dollars created by the surge in gambling.

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