Problem Gambling in Canada

Paperback | March 8, 2012

byLorne Tepperman, Kristy Wanner

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Gambling is a huge business in Canada, producing vast revenue for investors, as well as for the government. Yet for hundreds of thousands of Canadians, gambling is a costly and consuming addiction. The gambling industry, and the government regulators who oversee it, insist that gamblingproblems are isolated, personal issues that are best addressed on an individual level. However, new research paints a different picture: gambling is an addiction and a public health issue. A short overview shows how many aspects of gambling have remained constant throughout history. More recently, however, the Internet has expanded the range of ways people can gamble, and has drawn many younger people into online betting. The book also evaluates the role social and cultural forcesplay in gambling, often glamorizing and encouraging risk-taking. As gambling increases, so do its associated problems; while it may appear harmless at first, gambling too often destroys lives.Finally, a clear discussion of the economic interests involved in gambling reveals the full nature of the problem, exploring why people disagree about how - and how much - to regulate gambling.

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Gambling is a huge business in Canada, producing vast revenue for investors, as well as for the government. Yet for hundreds of thousands of Canadians, gambling is a costly and consuming addiction. The gambling industry, and the government regulators who oversee it, insist that gamblingproblems are isolated, personal issues that are be...

Lorne Tepperman is a professor of sociology at University of Toronto. He is the author of Betting Their Lives: The Close Relations of Problem Gamblers (OUP, 2008), as well as many books on sociology in Canada. Kristy Wanner is originally from Toronto. She recently finished her Ph.D. at University of Missouri and developed a nationall...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.62 inPublished:March 8, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195445287

ISBN - 13:9780195445282

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Table of Contents

1. Gambling: Its Pleasures and Costs2. Gambling in Historical Perspective: Canada and the World3. The Voices of Problem Gamblers4. The Gambling Career5. Gambling and the Workplace6. Sports Wagering7. Internet Gamblin8. Youth Gambling9. Sources of Information on Gambling10. The Great Gambling Debate11. Unresolved QuestionsAppendix: Prevention Programs in CanadaNotesReferencesIndex

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"Problem Gambling in Canada gives a solid grounding on the subject with copious studies and statistics...provides a very thorough treatment of the prevalence of gambling." --The Interim