Know the warning signs of problem gambling
Most people who participate in gambling do so responsibly and for entertainment. There is, however, a small percentage of the population whose gambling behaviors become damaging to themselves, their family or their workplace.
In 1999, the National Opinion Research Center of the University of Chicago www.NORC.org completed a national (U.S.) survey on problem gambling prevalence. According to these prevalence studies, the problem gambling rates are generally about 1% of the population.
Adapted from NASPL, the signs of problem gambling include:
- Spending more time or money on gambling than able to afford or than planned
- Increased financial problems and debt
- Visiting multiple lottery vendors in one day
- Visiting one lottery vendor multiple times in one day
- Hiding lottery tickets from family
- Neglecting important responsibilities like work, school, or family
- Continuing to play despite relationship troubles
- Constantly thinking or talking about gambling
- Gambling to escape worry or trouble
- Borrowing money to gamble
If you are concerned about any of the above warning signs, help is available. Gambling Addiction Line (1-800-994-8448).
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