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A disorder of impulse control in which a person makes wagers of various types—in casinos, at horse races, to book-makers—which compromises, disrupts, or damages personal, family, or vocational pursuits Management Gamblers’ Anonymous, a 12-step program modeled after Alcoholics’ Anonymous; no phramacologic intervention has proven successful
Whether talking about newspaper employees who have a conflict of interest due to borrowing to pay off gambling debts, people who defraud banks and associates, or athletes who bet on games in violation of league rules, there should be no general moral or legal recognition of compulsive gambling disorder as a valid reason for such behavior.
Almost 70 percent of those surveyed agreed that California cities are not designed to handle the impacts of major problems caused by the huge Las Vegas-style casinos proposed by tribes -- like traffic gridlock, increased crime, environmental problems and social problems caused by compulsive gambling.
Gambling addiction on college and even high school campuses has not received the attention of other vices, including alcohol- and drug-abuse, said the speakers, who were invited to Holy Cross by the event's host, the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling.