Gambling and Public Services


There are various types of gambling. These include regulated, non-regulated, problematic, and social. The first two types are the most common, while the third one is the least popular. However, many people love gambling and find it very entertaining. Regardless of the type of gambling, it affects public services in some ways.


The Ministry of Health has committed to developing and commissioning an evidence-based model for the prevention and treatment of gambling harm. This model will include intensive treatment for high-risk clients. In addition, the Ministry will seek to engage the gambling industry and providers in the development of the model. This is just one example of the new research and evaluation opportunities that will be explored during this phase of the programme.

A colloquium on gambling regulation took place at Tilburg University Faculty of Law on 23 November 2005. The event was organized as part of a research programme financed by the Dutch State Lottery, the oldest lottery company in the Netherlands.


Non-regulated gambling involves the activities of people who gamble without the consent of a regulated gambling organization. These activities include card games, dice games, skill-based games, and social activities. These activities are often regarded as illegal and are best left out of children’s reach. Parents can help children avoid gambling by learning about reputable problem gambling organizations.

While there are a few licensed casinos in the country, many others are unregulated. Unregulated online casinos operate in states and countries without any laws on online gambling. These casinos can operate with almost no regulation because they are not scrutinized by any authority. All they need to do is make sure they have the proper business papers.


Problematic gambling is a very real problem for adolescents. In a recent study, researchers found a significant percentage of adolescents met the definition of problem gambling. The study, conducted with adolescents aged 15 to 18, used a questionnaire called the SOGS-RA to measure the level of gambling behavior in the sample. They found that the rate of problematic gambling among males was higher than for females. This finding is consistent with previous studies.

Problematic gambling has also been linked to increased psychosocial strain. However, the directions and causality of this association are not known. The authors propose that higher levels of stress and comorbid disorders may act as catalysts for problematic gambling.


Sociological attention to gambling has been sporadic, limited in theory, and methodologically limited. This article argues that new efforts are needed to better understand the costs and consequences of problem gambling and to identify remedial strategies. To do so, we must take a closer look at gambling, both as an activity and as a social construct.

The costs of gambling are substantial, both private and public. They include the need to upgrade public infrastructure, traffic congestion, increased crime, displacement of local residents, and the cost of credit in the economy. These costs are not uniform across countries, but they vary significantly.


Several factors influence the economic consequences of gambling, including the prevalence of gambling, the cost of gambling, and its relative importance to households. The highest average cost is borne by households in the highest socioeconomic strata, while the lowest costs are borne by those in the lowest socioeconomic strata. The prevalence of gambling in non-Hispanic white households is also higher than that of black or Hispanic households. The prevalence of gambling is lower among households headed by high school dropouts and by retired households.

The government should not regulate gambling; rather, the whole industry should practice corporate social responsibility and pay their fair share towards the societal costs of gambling. For example, sports betting companies should shoulder the social cost of gambling by making sure that the integrity of the game is not compromised. In addition, consumers must be educated about the risks associated with gambling and how it can affect their families.