The WAGER, Vol. 6(22) – Did You Know…


Since its inception, the WAGER has reliably presented the latest research and information on a variety of topics associated with gambling. The tradition continues this week, with some interesting facts that might be overlooked in the everyday discourse on gambling and its connectedness to history, architecture, sport, fast food, electricity, and the family.

Source:  The WAGER acknowledges GamCare News (Spring, p.10 2001 for leading us to

As the trivia above reveals, gambling has a long and storied history. It is integrated into the fabric of societies around the world. An understanding and appreciation of this connectedness is vital as we continue to examine how gambling influences people, and how its historical presence shapes our contemporary notions of gambling as a harmless recreational activity, a vice, and a psychiatric disorder.

The WAGER is a public education project of the Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical
School. It is funded, in part, by the National Center for Responsible Gaming, the
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Addiction Technology Transfer Center of
New England, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

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