Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research

2014 Edition
| Editors: Alex C. Michalos


  • Stephen Rule
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_1108



Gambling comprises any recreational activity involving risk of financial loss, including card games such as black jack and poker; gaming machines at casinos or clubs; lottery tickets; betting on horse-racing or sports matches; and bingo. The literature on quality of life in relation to gambling comprises research indicating both negative and positive social and economic impact.


The gambling industry has been legalized and expanded in several countries, especially since the 1990s, as a means of generating additional revenue for governments without increasing tax rates. This has generated wide interest in the social and economic impact of gambling.

Research has been commissioned by both opponents and proponents of the industry in order to find empirical evidence for their respective stances. From a quality of life perspective, opponents suggest that gambling has a negative impact on the social fabric of communities in...

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  1. 1.Outsourced Insight ccGreensideSouth Africa