Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 399–409 | Cite as

Social cost of pathological gambling

  • Robert Ladouceur
  • Jean -Marie Boisvert
  • Michel Pépin
  • Michel Loranger
  • Caroline Sylvain

Abstract

Pathological gambling creates enormous problems for the afflicted individuals, their families, employers, and society, and has numerous disastrous financial consequences. The present study evaluates the financial burdens of pathological gambling by questioning pathological gamblers in treatment in Gamblers Anonymous (n=60; 56 males, 4 females; mean age = 40 years old) about personal debts, loss of productivity at work, illegal activities, medical costs and the presence of other dependencies. Results show that important debts, loss of productivity at work and legal problems are associated with pathological gambling. Discussion is formulated in terms of the social cost of adopting a liberal attitude toward the legalization of various gambling activities.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Ladouceur
    • 1
  • Jean -Marie Boisvert
    • 1
  • Michel Pépin
    • 1
  • Michel Loranger
    • 1
  • Caroline Sylvain
    • 1
  1. 1.Ecole de PsychologieUniversité LavalQuébecCanada

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