Poker machines and their effect on problem gambling.ContentsIntroduction to UnitingCare, Australia p.3Poker machines and their effect on problem gambling p.3Problem gamblers and the costs they inflict on society p.4-6UnitingCare Australia recommendations to helpproblem gamblers and the Australian society p.6-8with poker machinesConclusion p.8p.9ReferencesIntroduction to UnitingCare, AustraliaUnitingCare Australia is the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) umbrella social services body. UnitingCare Australia is committed to values-based defense, talking with and on behalf of those who are most vulnerable and disadvantaged, for the common good. UnitingCare Australia is a member of the Australian Churches Gambling task force. The task force members include the heads of the Australian Christian Churches and heads of their social service agencies nationally. Established in 2011, the Task Force united by a commitment to reduce the harm caused by poker machine gambling."In 2009 , 70 per cent of Australians participated in some form of gambling, So extensive are the impacts that the social cost of problem gambling to the community is estimated to be at least $4.7 billion each year."(Gambling impact | Problem Gambling. 2012).Poker machines and their effect on problem gambling.This submission will address how poker machines or gambling in a whole affect problem gamblers and their life style in regards to mental, physical health problems, theft, and society expenses. It will also give recommendations on how to help problem gamblers and future problem gamblers. Problem gamblers lose on average $21,000 annually that is a one third of the average income. They fail to hold jobs and causes problems for their families, community and businesses."In 2007-08 the states collected about $3 billion from poker machines, and $4.9 billion from all forms of gambling, accounting for 9.1% of their total revenue." (Breaking the political addiction to pokies. 2012) "The NSW government receives about $1 billion from poker machines, and $1.6 billion from all forms of gambling." (Breaking the political addiction to pokies. 2012) One in six people who play the pokies regularly have a serious addiction.Problem gamblers and the costs they inflict on society
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Problem gambling is a psychological condition, and is referred to as pathological gambling. Spokesmen from the gaming industry points out its advantages - tax revenue and new jobs, but fails to address the hidden costs of gambling to individuals, families, employers and society as a whole, including crime, lost productivity at work, suicide, bankruptcy, illness, and marriage and family breakdown. Besides the human cost, according to Earl L. Grinols mathematician that the actual cost in dollars and cents can be established. Using a complex mathematical formula,...