The Society exists because gambling is an everyday experience
in our society and raises many complex issues: What is the relationship
between gambling and other activities having economic functions
such as speculation and insurance? What collective and individual
factors encourage participation in gambling? What social functions
does gambling perform and how can excessive involvement be diagnosed
and remedied? What are the structural characteristics of different
types of gambling and what considerations are relevant to the promotion
of their commercial exploitation? How should gambling be regulated
by law? What is the place of moral sentiment in answering these
The individual membership of the Society is drawn from a wide circle
of people who have an interest in various aspects of gambling. They
range from social workers and psychiatrists who deal with 'compulsive
gamblers', to members of the gambling industry. It is a condition
of the Society that there should be freedom of opinion and practice
among its members, so that the Society does not take any particular
stance in relation to gambling.
The current fee for individual membership of the Society
is £18 per annum. Additionally, there is an attendance
fee of £15 for each meeting (£20 for non-members
and £10 for full-time students) together with a small charge
to cover the cost of providing lunch. Meeting fees for the unwaged
and those on low incomes will be at the discretion of the Treasurer.
Corporate membership is available to companies and organisations
who are interested in joining the society and wish to send a number
of people to the meetings. The current fee for corporate membership
is £100 per annum. This allows for up to three representatives
to attend each meeting and for the organisation to receive three
copies of each Newsletter. The cost of lunch will be levied on a
per capita basis as normal
The objects of the Society shall be:
a. To provide a forum for those concerned with research into gambling
and the rehabilitation of disordered gamblers.
b. To promote the scientific
study of the social, psychological and economic aspects of gambling,
and to collate and publicise the results in a systematic form.
c. To preserve freedom
of opinion and practice among its members.