What is the definition of gambling? According to Webster Dictionary, “gambling is the wagering of money or something of material value (referred to as "the stakes") on an event with an uncertain outcome with the primary intent of winning additional money and/or material goods.” The outcome of the wager is evident within a short period. There are varies types of gambling. For example, they have casino gambling, which consist of tables games, slot machines, and video poker, online betting, and other types of gambling such as, card games, carnival games, bingo, keno, coin tossing, and dice throwing. Ethical problems of gambling can arise many ethical issues.
The first ethical issue that can arise from an addictive gambler is should we (as people) consider addiction a "disease"? This is a question I know for a fact that have been asked. What is a compulsive gambler? “Compulsive gambling, or pathological gambling as most psychiatrists prefer to call it, is an inability to stop gambling even when one recognizes that gambling is causing serious financial, family, work, or other problems” cited in Sharing Recovery Through Gamblers Anonymous (GA). Compulsive gambling parallels alcohol and drug addiction in many ways. Compulsive gamblers lose control over their behavior and commonly lie and cheat in order to continue their gambling. They frequently try, unsuccessfully, to cut down or quit. Compulsive gambling does not involve use of a psychoactive substance, but the "action" which compulsive gamblers crave is an aroused, euphoric state comparable to the "high" sought by drug users. This aroused state is accompanied by changes in brain chemistry similar to those caused by alcohol or drugs. There may be a "rush," often characterized by sweaty palms, rapid heartbeat, and nausea which is experienced during the period of anticipation.
I will use myself for an example. I was once a binge gambler. The definition of a binge gambler is a...