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Gambling
AFF has maintained its opposition to gambling. Although gambling has become a major source of entertainment in America, it has also become the foundation of numerous adverse social consequences.

Key Messages:
  • Legal jurisdiction should be established preventing gambling within the state of Alabama.
  • Societal costs of gambling include the consequences of reduced productivity at work, increased costs for social services, debts and creditor losses, criminal activity and prevalent suicide.
  • Gambling addiction not only affects the gamblers themselves, but also affects their loved ones, friends, co-workers, employers and other relationships.
Background:
Gambling has taken a heavy toll on our country. It carries serious negative public health consequences that span mental, physical and spiritual health.

Correlating Issues:
  • The United States has 2.5 million compulsive gamblers, according to SMR Research Corporation, a New Jersey-based consumer research company.
  • In Minnesota alone, the number of Gamblers Anonymous groups skyrocketed from 1 to 49 within a few years of casinos opening across the state.
  • Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast there has been an increase in the number of pawn shops opening their doors. Owners specified that the majority of their customers are exchanging items for cash in order to gamble.


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