The society has viewed both Alcoholism and Gambling with a lot of concern. Either of them can lead to a lot of risks for households and ruin family life. Many feel that these addictions actually propagate each other is different ways and compound their detrimental potential.
Gambling and Alcohol have certain effects on the psyche that makes combining the two an attractive proposition for the casinos and casino cum bars.
Gambling - Manifestation of the Obsessive Trait
Psychologists define the personality in terms of certain 'traits', like the paranoid trait, obsessive trait, narcissist trait, sadist trait and anti-social trait. While in more recenttimes this classification has been replaced with more complex concepts and terminologies, it still serves a great deal to understand the behavioural components of human actions.
Gambling is largely a manifestation of obsessive trait, as is alcoholism, to some extent. Notably, the larger component in alcohol addiction is psychological and not physical dependence. Thus, a person with higher obsessive traits is more likely to be a gambler as well as an alcoholic.
Alcohol's Effects as a Depressant of Central Nervous System
Alcohol is a depressant of the central nervous system. It reduces the efficiency of the brain. At higher levels, it makes the brain incapacitated and induces unconsciousness. At lower levels, its first effect is in the form of loss of inhibition. The first few pegs give that feeling of well-being primarily because of this phenomenon.
Ordinarily, our mind is burdened with a lot of responsibilities, and a lot of permutations and combinations as to what needs to be done and what needs to be avoided. Thus, the human mind is constantly working on what to say and what not. Similarly, it keeps calculating as to what to do and what to avoid. A person visitinga casino would be very conservative in his approach and risk taking abilities, unless under the influence of some substance that takes away his ability to judge and make rational decisions.
Most people are averse to risk. The casino offers the lure of jackpot, but it also threatens with loss of money. Being averse to risk would mean that people would be very conservative in the casino. However, once they are under the influence of alcohol, the inhibition is gone. In that state, they become over-confident and willing to risk much more. This lack of inhibition long before the intoxication of alcohol sets in, is the main reason why alcohol is served in casinos, and also the main cause of reduced inhibition and greater involvement of people visiting it.
The greatest link between alcohol and gambling is that alcohol removes inhibition and encourages a greater involvement in gambling. Once the person gets involved, the depressed brain can easily be carried to a state of addiction. An obsessive trait will promote both alcohol and gambling and make the link between the two even stronger
Gambling also leads to Alcohol
It is not that alcohol alone promotes gambling. Gambling also contributes towards alcoholism. The win in casino leads to the high, which requires celebration with a glass. A loss is a time to dissolve the bad memories in alcohol. Either way, gambling promotes alcoholism, while alcohol promotes gambling.
No doubt then, that most casinos prefer to serve alcohol to visiting people.