Facts About Problem Gambling

Problem Gamblers with Dual Addictions

  • Problem gamblers who have an alcohol disorder 75% 75%
  • Problem gamblers who have a drug use disorder 38% 38%
  • Problem gamblers who have nicotine dependency 60% 60%

In Their Own Words – Tim’s Story

I had my first big win of $500 as a 7-year old at a church picnic in a small town in Minnesota. I was like a celebrity for a while after that. I chased that feeling for 34 years, becoming very competitive in sports, games, spelling bees and just about everything else. I figured out I had a gambling problem in 1994...

NCPG Conference Roundup

I (virtually) attended the annual conference of the National Council on Problem Gambling in July. Here is a recap of some of the presentations. Industry Trends The conference featured a considerable focus on responsible gambling, particularly in light of the expansion of gambling. This includes sports betting and...

Minnesota Gambling Control Board Plays Critical Role in State Gambling

The Minnesota Gambling Control Board plays a critical role in regulating gambling activity in Minnesota. Northern Light conducted the following Q&A with Matt Gettman, the agency’s executive director. Q: What is the primary role of the Minnesota Gambling Control Board (MGCB)?A: Our role is to regulate the lawful...

Recovering Problem Gambler Leads Way Through Recovery

Jess Stewart’s desire to become an advocate for problem gamblers was born while he was at Project Turnabout for residential gambling treatment in 2016. Four years later, he’s proven to be a highly motivated, steadfast voice for those afflicted with gambling disorder. After graduating from Project Turnabout, Jess...

COVID Mental Health Trends from EAP (Employee Assistance Program) Callers

The following are some trends that have emerged from people calling in to employee assistance programs.  Loneliness is causing increased mental health issues. This seems to be an underlying theme if clients are far from their support systems or have spent a lot of time alone. Issues from the past, including previous...

Canterbury Park Reopens with Hope and Caution

After shutting down for nearly three months, the Canterbury Park Card Casino opened in mid-June — with equal amounts of caution and hope. “We’re as well prepared as we can be,” says Michael Hochman, Vice President of Casino Operations at Canterbury Park. “Everyone is doing everything they can to make sure our gaming...

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Percentage of adolescents who suggested that social casino game operations encouraged them to gamble

Problem Gambling and Male Student Athletes

  • Percent of male student athletes who placed their first sports bet before college* 90% 90%
  • Percent of male student athletes who think they can consistently make a lot of money betting sports* 50% 50%
  • Percent of male student athletes who reported their biggest one-day loss was at least $500* 4% 4%
  • Percent of male student athletes who met criteria for problem gambling* 2% 2%

Fantasy Sports Statistics

500 Thousand

Estimated number of fantasy sports players in 1988

59.3 Million

Number of fantasy sports players in 2017

$653

Average annual spent per fantasy sports player (age 18+)

6.2%

Percent of the U.S. adult population that played some kind of fantasy sport in 2017

Signs of Gambling Addiction

Given the subtle nature of gambling problems, how can you identify someone who is at risk for compulsive gambling? Here are eight warning signs of a gambling problem:

  1. Increased frequency of gambling activity
  2. Increased amount of money gambled
  3. Gambling for longer periods of time than originally planned
  4. Bragging about wins, but not talking about losses
  5. Pressuring others for money as financial problems arise
  6. Lying about how money is spent
  7. Escaping to other excesses (alcohol, drugs, sleep, etc.)
  8. Denying there is a problem

Are You at Risk for Problem Gambling?

Two questions can help determine if you’re at risk for problem gambling.

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