Glamorized Gambling and What To Be Aware Of

Apr 24, 2023

Bad effects of glamorization of gambling in the media in films, tv shows, and podcasts

Is glamorous gambling in blockbuster movies causing problem gambling? Read more about how gambling in movies reinforces addictive behaviors among problem gamblers.

The Glamorization of Gambling in the Media

Problem Gambling is a significant issue for many people - and can lead to financial difficulties, crime, mental health problems, and impact of family and friends from being unable to stop gambling (as Birches Health’s clinical team has explored previously). However: why then does the media continue to glamorize gambling in TV shows, films, and other new TV shows (often with a finance twist including in recent TV shows like Billions, Succession and Entourage)? In this article, we will explore why gambling addicts and problem gambling behavior is glorified in the media and how vulnerable individuals should be aware of compulsive gambling risks.

Depictions of Gambling and Resulting Normalization of Gambling in Society

Problem gambling in TV shows and movies often takes place in casinos, board rooms, and high stakes games of chance - places that seem new and exciting. This type of portrayal results in enthrallment with the glamorization of gambling (problem gambling appears suave and cool) rather than the negative consequences that often accompany it. As characters such as Ian Fleming’s James Bond, 21’s Micky Rosa, and Ocean Eleven’s Danny Ocean gamble and are portrayed as sophisticated and charming, individuals who are particularly susceptible to addictive behaviors and problem gambling may be at risk. The thrill of luxury, exotic locations and scenery, and attractive surroundings can make gambling appear as a glamorous and exciting activity.

In fact, depictions of gambling in music and popular culture can also contribute to the rise in gambling’s popularity. Music videos, songs, and live concerts often show gambling as exciting - and lyrics often glamorize the thrill of the game and the excitement of a potential payout. This is similar to the dangers of online sports betting which individuals with problem gambling tendencies should be aware of. These collection of different media types can influence how young people perceive gambling, wagering, and different types of betting - and can signify in their mind gambling’s position as a glamorous activity rather than a potentially harmful addiction.

Birches Health Can Help

Glamorized Gambling can ruin lives and quickly have significant consequences. Watching individuals aspire to mimic gambling glamorization in media and society can result in financial, behavioral, and emotional effects across both the gambler and thier surrounding friends, family members, and colleagues.

Birches Health connects gambling addicts to board certified, expert clinicians to ensure gamblers get the treatment they desperately need. Our providers intake patients, diagnose and evaluate their behaviors, and begin treatment with a customized care plan.

Fill out a brief form and a problem gambling expert will call you within 24 hours to discuss next steps.

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