Some people gamble out of boredom and loneliness. Gambling in its benign form provides stimulation and excitement. The action and excitement of gambling can be used as a form of escapism. Gamblers may experience a “high” while playing, similar to the high brought about by drugs or alcohol.
Now, in terms of age, the minimum age to play anywhere where gambling is legal in Europe is 18 years old. There are some exceptions though. For example, in Germany, Ireland and Belgium, you must be 21 years old to gamble. Greece is another exception where you must be at least 23 to gamble.
Citizens should be encouraged for better things rather than legalizing gambling. Gambling undoubtedly may generate a lot of revenue; legalizing gambling will make people loose their savings in the thirst of earning money the easy way. Legalizing gambling would also attract people who didn’t gamble at all!