If we needed proof that gambling is an addiction this may well be it. A Kitchener, Ontario company is selling adult diapers on the Internet. The diapers have the capacity to hold nine cups of fluid, with six layers of cotton and micro-fibre. They dry within an hour and are reusable. For the fashion conscious, although who sees you in diapers is not something I am going to speculate on, and come in white and burgundy with a Velcro closing.
The diapers sell for $35.00 each and two for $60.00. You can buy them on the Internet, and according to the company, are perfect for the all-night gambler. Casino staff who get to see gamblers up close, and obviously personal, have stated that they know that some gamblers wear diapers so that they can stay in the game. The staff were surveyed about three years ago and many were upset by what they saw.
Prof. Tim Pelton, of the University of Victoria's Centres for Addiction Research is concerned about this development.
"That's very troubling that there are people like that who are struggling that much, "We just don't know enough about it (problem gambling)," he said.
Pelton is involved in a research project which is examining problem gambling among Canadian youth. There is little known about what causes problem gambling. This is a fairly recent area of research which many feel deserves more attention.
Gambling is a major source of revenue for many governments and is not likely to disappear anytime soon. The government of British Columbia, for example, reported revenues of more than $980 million last year from the Crown-owned B.C. Lottery Corp.
The British Columbia provincial government is increasing the number of addictions counsellors this year to 37 from 31. The counselling budget is rising to $7 million next year from $4 million this year. The budget will be $8 million in 2008-2009.
Problem gamblers do not accept that staying in the game longer, especially playing the slots, does not improve their chances of winning. They keep doing the same thing over and over with the expectation of a different result. Some may call that stupid, some may call it an addiction.
One of the best things that I learnt in high school was how to play five card draw, a simple game where you just had to: Know when to hold them, Know when to fold them, and Know when to walk away. The problem gambler is not able to heed Kenny's words.