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    The Disease Called Gambling Addiction

    In the UK recently, there has been a push to exclude 16 & 17-year olds from participating in the National Lottery. There currently is a legal loophole allowing minors to engage in gambling before becoming adults. To give you an extended view of this problem, in 2017-2018 these age groups spent a mind-blowing 47 million pounds on National Lottery games. Gambling for minors, it isn’t just something the government allows in some places. Across Europe, this is a tremendous problem.

    Why Is Gambling Bad?

    Gambling is inherently unfair to the gambler itself. Usually, it involves rigged chance games, these ensure that the majority of players lose so the gambling providers truly win. From my personal life, I have noticed a pattern among avid gamblers. They will tell me they just won 100 Euro! But they lost 200 last time, they refuse to do the math among themselves. Only focusing on their winnings, never on their losses. Financial irresponsibility at its best. But losing money is not the case, gambling is addictive. Gambling addicts show almost the same patterns as those who are addicted to drugs. The problems that arise from this addiction, for instance, are; financial troubles, homelessness, suicide, relationship problems, health problems and depression. Many Western societies used to ban gambling to stop its degenerating effects on the people.

    What Is Happening To Our Kids?

    Gambling in the National Lottery isn’t the only thing that is happening to kids in Europe. With the rise of online gaming, we see a new kind of gambling emerging. This kind of gambling is specifically aimed at gamers, many of whom are minors. For non-gamers, we call it ‘loot boxes’.

    Loot boxes are ways for kids to be engaged in gambling while just playing their favourite games. Many games have an age rating, still, parents across the west buy these games for kids that are younger. They link their credit cards to the accounts and all of a sudden kids can gamble with real-world money for virtual rewards. The gaming industry is fighting everyone who is telling that they sell gambling to kids. They want to keep exploiting children so they can rake in money, do not be distracted by this. The immorality of the gaming industry knows no bounds.

    What To Do With Gambling?

    Gambling for a lot of people is a casual thing they do occasionally or a couple of times in their life. Yet among us walk fellow countrymen who are more vulnerable, if we let the gaming/gambling vultures pick them apart. It is us are stuck with the bill, not those who made a hefty profit on the addiction of others. Gambling is just a legal way of selling drugs to kids and adults, we must protect our people against it.

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    Elderly nun 'stole $800,000 from Catholic school to fund gambling addiction'

    AN ELDERLY nun is facing up to 40 years in prison after she stole more than $800,000 to fund her gambling addiction.

    Mary Margaret Kreuper, 79, is accused of stealing from St James Catholic School in California over a period of more than 10 years, taking more than $835,000 in total from the school. The Catholic nun is expected to plead guilty to the charges and faces a 40-year prison sentence for her crime: a potential plea deal says she will admit to stealing the money because she owed huge debts due to her gambling addiction, BBC News reports.

    Kreuper took a vow of poverty when she joined the nunnery but developed a gambling addiction and stole close to a million dollars from the school where she worked as a Principal.

    The nun had worked at St James for 28 years and began stealing in the ten years before she retired in 2018, officials say. In a statement to The Los Angeles Times,the Archdiocese of Los Angeles said the community unity of St James is "shocked and saddened" by Kreuper's actions.
    "The parish, school and the archdiocese reported the matter and fully cooperated with authorities in the criminal investigation," they added.

    Her lawyer argues that ongoing mental illness clouded her judgement when she began stealing from the school, and it is expected that she will enter a plea deal and admit her guilt of one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.

    The trial continues today.

    Elderly nun 'stole $800,000 from Catholic school to fund gambling addiction'

    11 VI 2021.

    I don't gamble, just no interest in any of it.
    It is legal because it brings the government a lot of tax money. It's not moral to institutionalize it.

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    I still like the expression of "sin tax." Too much alcohol consumption (high cost and taxes), gambling, over-eating, and luxury items will break the bank. Most addictions start with simple "over indulgences" and pleasuring before it becomes an "addiction." Gambling and sex "addictions" are not direct chemical substances such as drugs that alter and destroy the brain. Anyone can be in-love and laughing with friends with similar dopamine production. I agree about limiting game and tv time with youth, who should not have credit cards access with gaming materials.

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