When an action is taken with a risk and hoping to achieve success, it is called gambling. Gambling in its simplest definition could mean the act of wagering coins. There are so many reasons for youth to gamble. They did it for all sorts of reasons, but the biggest reason is socializing. The problem has been attracting the attention of community leaders, teachers, parents, politician and government institutions. Some of these youth feel the need to gamble just for the sake of showing off.
The high rate of gambling amongst youth has changed the society view on gambling. Legalized gambling is becoming more common now. In Canada, all provinces have legalized gambling and this has caused a higher number of youths involved in gambling. There are two sets of age limit for gambling in Ontario. The legal age for casino is 19+ and for bingo and lotteries are 18 years old. Money and valuable items are the usual wager during gambling. Youth will be hurt when they lose during gambling. In the long run, the situation will be worse for the youth. Gambling is a game of chance. The probability of winning or losing cannot be foreseen by anyone. Many believed the outcome of gambling generally will cause a negative effect. Even governments are using lotteries to generate revenue and this has increased the number of people addicted to gambling. Lotteries and sweepstakes are becoming more lucrative for corporations and government institutions.
The public health is also affected by gambling and statistics show youths have the highest risks to be addicted to gambling. An increasing number of gambling centers are causing youths to be easily influenced by the gaming industry. The temptation of gambling is pulling the youth into the casino and in the end it will become an addiction. Parents are becoming victim too because the youths are using their parents money to gamble. They are lying to their parents so that their voices will go unnoticed. Some even have resorted to stealing just to have some fun at the slot machine. The urge for betting is destroying the youth and most do not know how to stop the addiction.
There are many youths that can be categorized as gambling addicts. The negative effects not only affected the youth, but also destroying the family and society. For some youth, when they could not get any more money, drugs become their next goal. Many youth thought they can help their family to escape poverty by gambling. They hope by winning they can put food on the table. However, this is not true. The promotions made by the media about gambling are also to be blamed. Many of the youth are influenced by the ads and promotions with the hope they too will be rich like the people in the media. The problem of gambling must be checked because it can be far worse than the drug abused problem. The problem should be solved by all parties so that the youths can be saved before it is too late. The country legislators can start the ball rolling by introducing laws that will curb the amount of winning so that gambling will be less lucrative.