In Singapore, 20% of families being counseled by the Ministry are due to gambling-related problems. 7% of suicides are also due to loan shark problems usually related to gambling. Furthermore, most addicted gamblers have problems saving or providing financial and emotional security for their families. They are also prone to job-hopping or unemployment. (Values or Casino? – Tan Soo San)
It is most sad when the families have to pay for the gambler’s folly with their lives.
Gamblers have been known to take the lives of other members of the family in the mistaken belief that they will also be better off dead.
As the problems of compulsive gambling and Ah Longs are intertwined, successful handling of the gambling problem will also help to reduce the Ah Long problem.