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Claim: Las Vegas hotels support gambling addictions Stakes: 1) economy 2) pathological/families 1) Negative effects of gambling on the economy - Right now, Americans are spending more on various types of gambling than on theme parks, video games, spectator sports, and movie tickets combined. As Donald Trump put it, “ People will spend a tremendous amount of money in casinos, money that they would normally spend on buying a new refrigerator or a new car. Local businesses will suffer because they’ll lose customer dollars to the casinos.” - For every dollar state receives in gambling revenues, state pays roughly three dollars due to economic and social costs resulting from gambling (Ex. Criminal justice and social welfare) - Each “problem” gambler costs government and private economy nearly $13,200 a year 2) Pathological effects - Children of “problem” gamblers higher chance of abuse and neglect - Teens w/ “problem” gamblers more likely to have higher chance of becoming a
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Unformatted text preview: “problem” gambler-Nearly 50% of spouses of “problem” gambler have been abused-“problem” gamblers highest rate of suicide in addiction category (1 in 5 have attempted)-“problem” gambler have 76% major depressive disorder-“problem” gamblers have higher chance to commit crime usually to help pay off debts or continue gambling 3 reasons for the increasing problem of gambling 1) Social attitudes toward gambling changed from negative to positive 2) Gambling is accessible to everyone, even through internet 3) Number of people living in emotionally and financially stressed families growing Works Cited Collins, Peter. Gambling and the Public Interest . Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2003. Print. Roberts, Mike. "National Gambling Debate: Two Defining Issues." (1996-1997): 579-609. Heinonline . Web. 22 May 2010. <http://heinonline.org/HOL/Page? handle=hein.journals/whitlr18&div=36&g_sent=1#590>....
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