I PERSONALLY like to hear Gamblers Anonymous described as either an "intensive care unit for the casualties of compulsive gambling" or the "most expensive club in the world, where to join, you pay your membership fee long before you arrive." Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship, a fellowship of men and women who have joined together to do something about their own gambling problem, and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same.
The only requirement for membership of G.A. is a "desire to stop gambling" yet the majority of men and women that come to us initially come reluctantly or under pressure. There are no governors in G.A.; our National Committee are trusted servants and each group is autonomous and self-supporting. Nevertheless, we are progressing and growing and it is amazing how very many members and their families are helped back to a normal way of life. However, we must never become complacent, and we must always strive to do better.
People come from all walks of life and from vastly different social backgrounds, the common bond being our addiction to gambling and the fact that we have lost more than we can afford.
In certain areas, there appear to be a majority of taxi-drivers and street traders together with people in the gambling industry. With regard to professional men, accountants appear to outnumber all others.
In December 1961, the Reverend Gordon E. Moody wrote --
Gambling is entrenched. It appears to many to belong to this