For those of you who’ve made a New Year’s resolution to stop gambling, perhaps the arrest on New Year’s Eve of Alicia Denice Brown will be an incentive to stick by that resolution and get help doing so if you feel you need it.
According to authorities, Alicia left her four-year old daughter in her SUV for more than eight hours while she gambled in the Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover, Maryland.
There have been many reported incidents of people leaving their children in their vehicles while they went gambling. And each time, the public is outraged, as we should be. But it’s important to remember that this would not be happening if casinos weren’t overpopulating our landscape.
This in no way excuses Alicia Denice Brown’s behavior. What she did deserves to be punished. For now, her daughter has been placed in the custody of a responsible relative. She was arrested and released on bail. That she is African American might be a wake-up call to the black community and other communities of color to rally against the continuing expansion of casino and internet gambling. As I’ve said again and again, casino gambling is not a victimless form of entertainment. It is turning otherwise responsible people into gambling addicts.
I hope Alicia gets the help she needs. Unless she is just an evil person who does not care about her child, she can put this behind her, but she will need to face the fact that her behavior is probably symptomatic of how seriously she is addicted to gambling.
Sandra Adell, Author, CONFESSIONS OF A SLOT MACHINE QUEEN: A MEMOIR.