Gambling has grown at an unprecedented rate over the last decade and is an increasingly popular recreational activity. While gambling was once illegal, or viewed as a disreputable activity, social norms have shifted.Gambling is now a multi-billion dollar industry, and its growth is likely to continue. Surveys indicate that the general population favors funding charities, health care and other important initiatives through the funds generated from gambling. Generally, the public prefers this to increases in direct taxation.For some people, gambling may become a serious problem that affects all aspects of their lives. And as gambling becomes more accessible, the number of people affected by problem gambling also increases.