US Gaming Industry Hits Back Over Social Costs Research

As a growing number of US states consider legalising casinos, the gaming industry is firing back against its critics. A study sponsored by the industry’s main trade group argues that the so-called ‘social costs’ of gaming expansion often cited by its foes are, in fact, difficult to quantify and often exaggerated.Researchers into the negative consequences of gambling expansion often overlook some key areas, an oversight that can significantly skew their findings, according to a university study commissioned by the American Gaming Association (AGA). Past studies have not looked closely at the phenomenon of co-morbidity, the idea that pathological gamblers often have other addictions as well.

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