rational individuals to make an appropriate judgment of whether they wish to participate or not.

What can be done for the individuals at risk? Are there a group of people who are pathological optimists? We read of soldiers going to war who, knowing that people are being mowed down in hundreds, are sure that they will be the ones to survive. Rothchild, the Chairman of the recent Royal Commission on Gambling in a lecture on BBC Television commented on how little the man in the street understood risks and risk taking.

The answer is not to adopt a paternalistic role and allow Government, the Church, or some other body to take over and rule our lives and prevent us taking the risks we wish. There is no simple solution to the problem, and three Royal Commissions have demonstrated that it is not by legislation that people are protected from themselves. The solution lies in the field of education and not with legislation.


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Brown, R. I. F.: Evidence to the Royal Commission on Gambling, 1976.

Dickerson, M.: "Gambling". Quarterly Bulletin of the British Association of Behavioural Psychotherapy, 5( 1):3-8, 1977.

Goorney, A. B.: "Treatment of a compulsive horse race gambler by aversion therapy". British Journal of Psychiatry, 114:329-333, 1968.

Moran, E.: "Varieties of pathological gambling". British Journal of Psychiatry, 116.-593-597, 1970.

Royal Commission on Lotteries and Betting. London, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1933.

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Seager, C. P.: "Treatment of compulsive gamblers using electrical aversion". British Journal of Psychiatry, 117.545-553, 1970.

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  • Title Page iii
  • CONTRIBUTORS vii
  • Preface ix
  • Contents xi
  • Chapter 1 The Impact of Casino Gambling on a Small Town the Case of Atlantic City 3
  • References 11
  • Chapter 2 Economic Aspects of Gambling 12
  • Introduction 12
  • Conclusion 26
  • Chapter 3 Illegal Gambling a Brief Review of Law Enforcement Problems 30
  • Introduction 30
  • Conclusions 50
  • References 51
  • Chapter 4 Gamblers Disturbed or Healthy? 53
  • Abstract 68
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  • Chapter 5 Why People Gamble - A Behavioral Perspective 71
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  • Chapter 6 Why People Gamble a Sociological Perspective 84
  • Abstract 103
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  • Chapter 7 The Treatment of Compulsive Gamblers 106
  • References 114
  • Chapter 8 Gamblers Anonymous 115
  • Conclusion 122
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  • Chapter 9 Gambling a British Perspective 127
  • Introduction 127
  • Conclusion 141
  • References 142
  • Author Index 143
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