Mental Health and the Casino


Casinos are places where gambling activities occur, with the majority of their profits coming from games of chance. They may offer a variety of additional entertainment features like stage shows, shopping centers and top-notch hotels but they would not exist without the games of chance. Slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps and keno provide the billions in revenues that casinos rake in every year.

Some gamblers play the games of chance for fun while others use them to try and win big money. Whatever the motive, gambling can have a negative impact on mental health. The high levels of stress, frustration and disappointment that accompany a loss can lead to an increased risk of depression and other mental illnesses. It is important for players to monitor their gambling habits, set limits and engage in other forms of self-care when playing casino games.

The sexy, glamorous and often gaudy atmosphere of the casino can be stimulating and cheering to some people but it can also have the opposite effect on other people. For many people, the idea of a casino brings to mind the seedy mafia-run establishments that used to dominate Reno and Las Vegas but these days are more likely to be found in Asia or Europe than in the United States.

In addition to a variety of games, casinos offer free drinks and snacks and are often adorned with bright and sometimes gaudy floor and wall coverings that stimulate the senses. They also do not have clocks on their walls because the lights and sounds of the games can make it difficult for people to keep track of time. They reward “good” players with comps like free hotel rooms, dinners, show tickets and even limo service or airline tickets depending on how much they spend.