- 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
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.