Gambling is a disease
Indeed, at the conference ‘Unhooked Thinking’ in Bath tomorrow, Peele will argue that most people who develop a drinking or gambling problem are better left untreated, or certainly untreated by disease-model therapists. 'Gambling is a pastime, not a disease' American addiction expert Stanton Peele chastises British commentators who see gamblers as fickle victims. I dont think that gambling addiction is a disease, as it is curable and one more point is at some point if he lost everything then what will he do nothing. But drug addiction is a disease, as it enters in your body and controls your mind, for that you have to go for rehabilitation centers to get cured. Gambling addiction can be cured if the addicted .
Doctors treat gambling addiction as brain disease
The reification of the "pathological" gambler: In , the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Draft Gambling Bill said that if the government went ahead with its plans then the Department of Health should be readied to deal with the inevitable 'public health' consequences 5. Addictive behavior is a readily understandable symptom, not a disease. If you recognize your own behavior from the list of signs and symptoms for compulsive gambling, seek professional help. The BBC website reports that gambling is an 'illness' which some people have to 'live with every day until they die' 6.
Gambling Addiction (Compulsive or Pathological Gambling)
The disease model of alcoholism and drug addiction, which predominates in the U. However, this model fails to explain the most fundamental aspects of compulsive drinking and drug taking, so it can hardly do better with gambling.
Indeed, gambling provides a vivid and comprehensible example of an experiential model of addiction. Elements of an addiction model that gambling helps to elucidate are the cycle of excitement and escape followed by loss and depression, reliance on magical thinking, failure to value or practice functional problem solving and manipulative orientation towards others. The odds of winning were 76 million to 1. In the days before, the lottery sales outlets were overrun with people buying hundreds of dollars worth of tickets.
The weekend before the lottery was held, 35 million tickets were sold. The result of this immersion is deterioration of the person's engagement with the rest of his or her life, which increases the person's dependence on the addictive object or involvement. Initially, both scientists and people who misused alcohol and drugs thought that the expansion of the addiction concept to incorporate such non-substance based activities cheapened and minimized the idea of addiction.
At the same time, the popularity of the idea of non-drug addictions grew through the s and beyond. This trend was fueled by the growing claims by many people who gambled destructively: Since , successive editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association have recognized compulsive called "pathological" gambling, although the definitions have continued to evolve.
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And telling gamblers that they are sick or diseased is likely only to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. He arrives at a time of great concern about gambling addiction, where numerous commentators claim that the New Labour government's support for more super casinos will cause an 'epidemic' of problem gambling and precipitate a 'public health crisis' 1. In the land that has given us Oprah, phrases such as 'damaged goods', and books on chocolate, shopping and sex addiction who can forget when the slightly slimy Hollywood star Michael Douglas confessed to being a 'recovering sex addict'?
But of course it doesn't work like that. It says "Oh you have a gene or a certain propensity and that is why you do what you do". It discourages people from facing up to the uncomfortable truths of why they spend too much time on slot machines or have 15 drinks instead of three. It tells people there isn't much they can do to turn their life around, without a lifetime of guidance from therapists, that is.
And Michael Douglas, pre-Catherine Zeta-Jones, was not just a serial womaniser or cheat allegedly who could stop sleeping around if he really wanted to; he was a 'sex addict' who could not control his urges. In Britain, all eyes are currently focused on gambling. The government has faced fierce criticism over its Gambling Bill, which will allow eight Vegas-style super-casinos to open and for hour gambling in certain establishments. Reading some of the critical coverage you would think the government had implanted a disease in the population.
It might be fighting the arrival of bird flu, but apparently it is encouraging the spread of 'gambling sickness' 2. The Daily Mail says Britain 'faces an epidemic of gambling addiction'. In the Guardian this week, Polly Toynbee worried about the creation of more and more 'dead-eyed punters', and accused the government of giving a 'green light for an addiction that blights children's lives' 4. Others have explicitly discussed gambling as an illness.
In , the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Draft Gambling Bill said that if the government went ahead with its plans then the Department of Health should be readied to deal with the inevitable 'public health' consequences 5. The BBC website reports that gambling is an 'illness' which some people have to 'live with every day until they die' 6. There is even talk - though more in America than in Britain - of a 'gambling gene' that makes some people become hooked on the slots or the horses 7.
Now the power to move a line is in the hands of the bettor thanks to the tremendously popular teaser bets. Teaser gambling allows the bettor to move the line a set amount of points in his favor when taking two or more teams.
In exchange for the points, the bettor has to pair at least two teams together, they must all cover for a win and the odds are lower as more points are used in the teaser. A bettor can increase odds in his favor by adding more teams to the teaser as well. The most popular teasers are 6-point teasers in football and 4. In a two-team, 4. Odds and rules change sportsbook to sportsbook but all plays in a teaser have to win to win the bet. One loss results in a loss while one push usually results in no action.
Teasers are offered in football and basketball where the point spread is the dominant form on betting. Teasers do not apply to baseball or hockey where money line betting is the preferred means of wagering. Online sportsbooks allow for up to team teasers or more sometimes with odds greatly increasing and some sportsbooks allow for up to ten-point to point sweetheart teasers where a bettor drastically changes the line in exchange for drastically lower odds.
Some sites including Bodog offer cross-sport bets for teaser gambling where you can select both football and basketball teams in one teaser.
If you tease the football line by six points, the basketball line has to be teased by four points. And the same goes for 6. A smarter strategy used by professional bettors is to make the most of the allotted points in the teaser. In what is known as a Wong Teaser , bettors use the six points in the teaser to move the line over the key numbers in football, three and seven. An example of this would be moving a favorite of eight points down to a favorite of two points thereby capturing the three and the seven and moving an underdog of two points to plus eight.