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[IP] here's news indeed



bet this warms the cockles of your heart...

from an AP article by LAURENCE ARNOLD

Gambling Report Stirs Debate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 5 million Americans are pathological or problem
gamblers and another 15 million are at risk of becoming so, according to a
survey commissioned by a national panel studying the impact of gambling.

The findings of the National Opinion Research Center drew immediate criticism
from the gambling industry, which said the report contains sensational
language and material designed to put gambling in a harsh light.

Even so, the report gives some ammunition to defenders of legalized gambling
by putting the annual cost of compulsive gambling at $5 billion, well below
the costs of such social problems as mental illness, alcohol abuse, diabetes
and traffic accidents.....

SOOOOOO - now we are considered a SOCIAL problem like mental illness and
alcohol abuse...swelll - what next....maybe we ought to be hidden the
bathrooms to take out shots, or required to wear strait jackets in public...

Just HOW is diabetes a SOCIAL problem like these other things???

so I am pissed....Just in case you want the rest of the report....

The report calls the economic impact of problem gambling ``relatively small''
-- a  phrase that troubled some members of the National Gambling Impact Study
Commission. ``Everybody on the commission has really struggled with this: How
do you estimate the social cost? It's very difficult to do,'' said commission
Chairwoman Kay James. ``At best, I think what we can say at this point is we
really need more research, we need more information.''

OH PLEASE - DO SOME MORE RESEARCH ON THE SOCIAL COSTS OF DIABETES!!!!!!!!!!

The prevalence and impact of compulsive gambling have become major points of
contention for the nine-member commission, which is due to complete two years
of work by sending a report to Congress in June. HEY LETS DO A REPORT FOR
CONGRESS TOO AND TALK ABOUT THE SOCIAL COST OF COMPULSIVELY HIGH BLOOD SUGARS
AND QUACK DOCTORS WHO THINK WE ARE NON-COMPLIANT!!!

The gambling industry has tried to get ahead of the issue, creating a research
institute and funding studies on the cause and treatment of gambling
addiction. Opening a two-day meeting in Washington to work on their final
report, members of the commission grappled with how to measure  the negative
results of gambling.

The cornerstone of the commission's work on that issue is the national  survey
by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago in
collaboration with other researchers. It is the first widespread survey since
the 1970s.  The report found that 2.5 million Americans are ``pathological''
gamblers, a disorder codified in 1994 by the American Psychiatric Association.
Another 3 million are problem gamblers, the report found.

WHY DON'T THEY DO A NATIONAL SURVEY OF HOW MANY PEOPLE KNOW THE TWO TYPES OF
DIABETES AND THAT INSULIN IS ***NOT*** A CURE AND THAT **NOT*"  JUST FAT
PEOPLE GET IT!!!!

Combining telephone surveys with interviews at casinos, the report concluded 
that people are about twice as likely to be problem or pathological gamblers
if a casino is within 50 miles of their home.

AND I AM TWICE AS LIKELY TO EAT BEN AND JERRY'S IF IT IS ON SALE, AS OPPOSED
TO ITS USUAL PRICE OF $3.75 PER PINT!!!

A separate study released today by the National Research Council calls
pathological gambling ``a significant enough problem to warrant funding
support for a more sustained, comprehensive and scientific set of research
activities than currently exists.''

That report estimates that in a given year, 1.8 million adults and as many as
1.1 million adolescents are pathological gamblers, and that pathological
gamblers are far more likely to commit crimes, run up large debts, damage
relationships and kill themselves.

SO ARE THEY LUMPING US IN WITH THEM WHEN THEY COMPARE OUR SOCIAL COSTS???

Commission member John Wilhelm, general president of the Hotel Employees and
Restaurant Employees International Union, said he is pleased that most
studies, including the two discussed Thursday, are in the ``same general
ballpark'' -- a few to several million -- on the number of people with
gambling problems.


*-P  Phooey
Sara
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