Stop gam­bling ads

The West Australian - - LETTERS -

Re “Mil­lions lost in gam­bling ‘epi­demic’” (News, 8/6). The way gam­bling is rammed down our throats by TV and ra­dio ad­ver­tis­ing, it’s not a sur­prise gam­bling is rife.

The con­stant bar­rage dur­ing foot­ball game broad­casts alone is un­be­liev­able. Gam­bling is made to look cool and some­thing you should be do­ing to be part of the “in crowd’’. It’s too ac­ces­si­ble. It’s about time we woke up to the im­pact it is hav­ing and ban gam­bling ad­ver­tis­ing. I know what a gam­bling ad­dic­tion can do to a per­son and re­la­tion­ships. There is lit­tle dif­fer­ence be­tween a gam­bling ad­dict and a drug ad­dict, al­ways af­ter where and how they get the next fix.

A gam­bling over­dose may not kill you, but it can cer­tainly ruin your life.

Ed­ward Halls, Dawesville

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