Regional prison, Leskovac
Received: October 24, 2022
Revision received: February 26, 2023
Accepted: March 15, 2023
In the modern world, gambling is a highly profitable entertainment industry in which growing number of people participates. Although most people practice gambling as a form of entertainment or recreation in their free time, for a certain part of the population, gambling goes beyond entertainment and turns into a problem gambling behavior with a number of harmful consequences. In the last four decades, at the international level, significant theoretical and empirical material has been accumulated on problematic gambling and its harmful effects and consequences. On the other side, empirical experiences on this topic are almost absent in Serbia, although we are witnessing the number of available gambling venues growing rapidly nationally. The goal of this paper is to, on the basis of scientific knowledge from around the world, draw attention to the public in Serbia of the importance and need for more extensive scientific research on problematic gambling and its harmful consequences on this space. The paper analyzes available empirical material published in the period between 1984 and 2022 in Australia, North America, Asia and Europe.
KEY WORDS: gambling / problem gambling / harmful consequences / harm