Gambling can undeniably have a number of adverse effects on human health, but the reality is that only a relatively small percentage of gamblers actually become addicted, which already has negative health consequences. Moreover, few people realize that, despite its negative aspects, the gambling industry today forms a substantial part of the economy of many countries and has a positive impact on employment, the development of the entertainment industry, the development of tourism, and, to no small extent, fills the national budgets of many countries.
The thousand-year history of gambling
Gambling has undoubtedly attracted people since ancient times and is mentioned in the Bible, for example. Even in Europe and China, gambling was not unknown and many of today's games have roots in the ancient past, for example, the popular game of Keno originated in China. In recent decades there has been a boom in all kinds of gambling, from scratchcards to betting, casino games, lotteries, and many others. However, the undisputed most popular nowadays has become online gambling, which is constantly evolving, mainly thanks to the development of technology and the internet. Its biggest advantage is its accessibility, you can play virtually anytime and anywhere, and thanks to modern banking systems and online money transfers, playing is easy and convenient.
Impact on the economy
There are several examples around the world of how gambling can have a positive impact on a country's economy. The best example is probably the USA with its famous gambling centers such as Las Vegas and Reno. Here, annual gambling turnover reaches a staggering $213 billion a year, significantly supporting the country's economy as up to $33 billion goes to the state budget through taxes. The impact on employment is also significant, as the gambling industry in the US employs more than 1.7 million people, which is a huge figure indeed. A similar example can be found in Australia, for example, where gambling contributes up to 13% of the budget in some regions.
Promoting tourism and development
As well as filling the state budget and affecting employment, gambling has, of course, indirect side effects. The taxes collected enable regional development, particularly in terms of building better infrastructure, hospitals, and schools. Still, much of the money is also used abroad to help addicts and for charitable purposes. It is also important to promote tourism because people simply like to take risks and a good state can take advantage of this and attract tourists to the country. In line with the increase in tourism, sales in accommodation establishments or restaurants are also increasing. Overall, therefore, it has a significant impact on the economy of the state.
What is the situation in Europe?
In European countries, online gambling clearly dominates gambling. In recent years, it has seen a steady increase of 15% per year, a respectable figure that demonstrates the popularity of this form of entertainment. Although each country in Europe has different legislation regarding gambling and gambling, it can be said that the impact on the economy of several countries here is as significant as in the aforementioned USA. For example, in countries such as Germany, England, or France, where gambling makes up a significant part of the country's economy.
The future of gambling
It is now clear that gambling was, is, and inevitably will be here in the future. It is a lucrative business, the scale of which forces the state to create legal standards to ensure that gambling is organized, free of illegal activity, and poses as little threat as possible to the players themselves. It is clear, therefore, that in the future it will also be necessary to develop a policy that will rationally and logically guide the development of gambling. Only in this way will it be possible to provide the right conditions for innovation in gambling, improve the country's economic situation and increase employment and tourism.