Monday, January 28, 2008

Addiction and the effect on families

Can you only be addicted to drink or drugs? That's what the new family court seems to suggest. Not so long ago, there was a pledge to give more help for gambling addicts, but that seems to have gone out of the window. The obviously physical downsides of addiction to drink and drugs make it easier to identify, but the social problems brought on by addiction to gambling are just as damaging to families.

And addiction to gambling doesn't come much bigger than the case of Jérôme Kerviel. The man just couldn't stop, throwing good money after bad as anyone who has properly been into the horses will understand, though I'd suggest £3.5bn rather puts any bet I've made into quite a bit of shade. The lad needs some help.

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