An Unsafe Bet?: The Dangerous Rise of Gambling and the Debate We Should Be Having

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 26, 2010 - Psychology - 296 pages
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An Unsafe Bet? The Dangerous Rise of Gambling and the Debate We Should Be Having reveals how gambling represents a danger to public health due to its inherent addiction potential, which is being intentionally downplayed by the gambling industry and governments. 
  • Lays bare the extent of gambling and its effects on society
  • Exposes the dilemma for policy makers, who are charged with protecting public health but also increasingly dependent on revenues earned from gambling
  • Written by Jim Orford, an internationally respected authority on the topic
  • International examples broaden the argument and reveal the global stakes involved
 

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Contents

Preface
vii
Section I Gambling is Growing
1
Section II Gambling is Dangerous
45
Section III Gambling is Controversial
121
Section IV Gambling Expansion is Not Being Challenged
171
Sources
236
References
259
Index
273
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Jim Orford is Emeritus Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of several books on addictions including Excessive Appetites (1985, 2001), Community Psychology (1992, 2008) and, with colleagues, Gambling and Problem Gambling in Britain (2003).

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