In An Unsafe Bet? The Dangerous Rise of Gambling and the Debate We Should Be Having, psychologist and addiction specialist Jim Orford brings together the evidence that gambling represents a danger to public health due to its inherent addiction potential. Orford reveals how this threat is being intentionally downplayed by government, the gambling industry, and others who have become complicit in gambling expansion without widespread public support.
Illuminating and sure to be controversial, An Unsafe Bet? reveals the hand of the gambling industry, exposing the unseen costs of pervasive gambling to individuals, families and society at large.
Section I: Gambling is Growing.
1. The Extraordinary International Growth of Gambling.
2. The Rise of Gambling in Britain.
Section II: Gambling is Dangerous.
3. Gambling Addiction.
4. Modern Addiction Theory Applied to Gambling.
5. Does the Fault Lie in the Person or in the Product?
Section III: Gambling is Controversial.
6. Discourses of Gambling: ElevenWays of Talking About the Subject.
7. Public Attitudes Towards Gambling Are Negative.
8. The Costs and Benefits of Gambling for Society: A Hotly Contested Subject.
Section IV: Gambling Expansion is Not Being Challenged.
9. Governments Are Complicit in Supporting the Interests of the Gambling Industry.
10. Trapped: The Disempowering Effects of Failure to Challenge the Growth of Gambling.
11. Conclusions and Recommendations: The DebateWe Should be Having.