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The author of fourteen contemporary and historical novels, Melanie Dobson lives with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Her latest novels are Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor and Chateau of Secrets. More info at

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Seduction and Destruction of Gambling

Newsweek did an article this week on the "Road to Recession" in America. Apparently, as our income decreases and the cost of living increases, we spend what's left of our money on alcohol, tobacco, and gambling--along with health care, utilities, and consumer necessities like toothpaste. Good news for those invested in those industries. Bad news for families hit by the recession--especially if they have one parent trying to earn back their recession losses by playing blackjack or milking the slot machines.

When I did the research for my novel, Going for Broke, I was stunned at the deception and destruction of gambling. Many people really think it is a viable option for earning money yet millions of lives are being destroyed by this "harmless entertainment." When a man or woman gets trapped in this addiction, they will sacrifice their house, car, job, and their kid's lunch money to try and recover some of the money they've lost...or just to feel the rush from another win.

Here are a few statistics about gambling and gambling addiction:
  • Almost eight million American adults and another eight million American adolescents are considered to be problem or pathological gamblers. (Harvard Medical School)
  • Women succumb to gambling addiction nearly three times faster than men.
  • Approximately one in five compulsive gamblers attempt suicide.
  • In 2006, 50 percent of evangelical Protestants and 73 percent of mainline Protestants said they gambled in some form during the past year. (Pew Research)
  • In 2005, the gross revenues from all forms of gambling totaled nearly $85 billion — more money than Americans spend on movie tickets, theme parks, spectator sports and videogames combined. (CitizenLink)
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Im form South Africa. My son was working at Ritz Carlton for 8 months and he bougt me you book - going for broke. What an eye opener!!! I do beleive I also had a problem but for 2 years now I haven't gamble at all with Gods help. Keep up the good work!!

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