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en they gamble is also of paramount importance, stresses Rachel A Volberg, president of the U.S. based Gemini Research and a leading problem gambling epidemiologist in the world.

But there are other public health experts who argue against such anti-gambling campaign. It may well be that some people are spending their money 'unwisely' in the hope of improving their lifestyles and that some of the people who find themselves winners have problems in coping with this new state.

But most of those who participate, however, are responsible people who are knowingly taking a risk. In a society that values empowerment are we now saying that people should take only risks that are good for them? And, if so, what is the risk?

A society in which people no longer have the opportunity to take risks is not a healthy society. Public health practitioners should understand this and should focus their attention on more serious issues. For a start, how about the misery and isolation of elderly people and the hopelessness of young people who are unemployed long term? /L
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