Gambling Addiction Impacts Decision-Making Area of Brain
A new research effort compares the similarities and differences in psychological profile and brain function among cocaine addicts and gambling addicts. In the study, investigators from the University of Granada determined that gambling addicts have ...A new research effort compares the similarities and differences in psychological profile and brain function among cocaine addicts and gambling addicts.
There are six evil consequences in indulging in gambling:
(i) the winner begets hate,
(ii) the loser grieves for lost wealth,
(iii) loss of wealth,
(iv) his word is not relied upon in a court of law,
(v) he is despised by his friends and associates,
(vi) he is not sought after for matrimony; for people would say he is a gambler and is not fit to look after a wife [spouse]...
Gambling is discouraged by the Buddha, as we can see in the Sigalovada Sutta. What are the six channels for dissipating wealth which Buddha does not pursue?
LAS VEGAS - The excitement and risk-taking of betting can change the brain's chemistry and create compulsive gamblers, a Harvard professor told casino executives Thursday during an American Gaming Association seminar.
"Addictive behaviors rewire the brain," Dr. Howard Shaffer, director of Harvard Medical School's Division on Addictions, told a group of about 100 hotel-casino officials at the Golden Nugget.
"From my youth I was immeasurably given to table games; through them I made the acquintance of Francisco Sforza, Duke of Milan, and many friends among the nobles. But through the long years I devoted to them, nearly forty, it is not easy to tell how many of my possessions I have lost without compensation. But the dice treated me even worse, because I instructed my sons in the game and opened my house to gamblers. For this I have only feeble excuses: poor birth and the fact that I was not inept at the game...