No quick fix for nation’s gambling addiction

Posted on January 2, 2014 by admin
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We’ve all said it.

When I win the lottery … Of course, most of us know that winning the lottery is about as likely as being hit by lightning. But that doesn’t stop us fantasising about it, especially at this time of year when budgets have been squeezed tight by Christmas. The government makes a lot of amount of money from this “tax on the stupid” as it has been called. Britain’s success at the Olympic Games was largely built on lottery cash.

The downside is that, since the National Lottery was first established in 1994, gambling has become part of the fabric of everyday life. And more and more of us are becoming addicted to it. The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Lorna Hood, has warned in her New Year message that this is because gambling is now “cool and normalised” – the stigma has gone. Along with pay-day loans, betting is making a significant contribution to the debt crisis faced by thousands of Scottish families.

Read the full article in The Herald online.