What is Problem Gambling?
Generally a person is considered to have a problem with gambling when the urge to gamble results in negative consequences in their life and the lives of those around them.
A person with a gambling problem has a compulsion to keep gambling even if it causes problems in their life. Eventually gambling can affect your physical and emotional health, finances, relationships, work and study.
Many people are able to recognise the symptoms of an impending problem and are able to control this compulsion themselves.
Some people with gambling problems find it difficult to stop and may need to seek professional help before their problem affects their health.
Other people with gambling problems may be afflicted with a disorder that requires medical attention.
Ohio Announces Gambling Survey Key Findings
(COLUMBUS- Oct.1, 2012) – Based on a recently completed survey of 3,600 Ohioans to measure at-risk and problem gambling, the state is on par with other states and national levels of potential problems related to gambling. Survey findings estimated that the prevalence of at-risk and problem gambling in Ohio is 2.8% in total, or about 250,000 individuals aged 18 and older. The at-risk group of Ohioans, prime for prevention and responsible gambling education, is about 220,000 individuals.
Problem Gambling Quick Facts
- Problem Gambling refers to any gambling that goes beyond the “normal” bounds of gambling for fun, recreation or entertainment.
- Compulsive gambling (or pathological gambling) is a recognized and treatable illness.
- Problem gambling rates among teens and young adults have been shown to be 2-3 times that of adults.
- Providing a financial bailout for compulsive gamblers may actually make the problem worse.
- Gambling is not a way to solve financial problems.
- Children of problem gamblers may be at higher risk for a broad range of health, mental health and school-related problems.
Common Warning Signs
- Bragging about winning, exaggerating wins and/or minimizing losses.
- Spending a lot of time gambling, thinking about or planning to gamble
- Restless or irritable when not gambling.
- Borrowing for gambling.
- Hiding time spent gambling or hiding bills and unpaid debts.
- Lying about how much time or money is spent on gambling.
- National Council on Problem Gambling – www.ncpgambling.org
- Gamblers Anonymous – www.gamblersanonymous.org
- Gam-Anon – www.gam-anon.org
- Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline – 1-800-589-9966 – Find Resources in your area
- National Problem Gambling Helpline – 1-800-522-4700
- Flyer – Problem Gambling Training for Social Work Professionals (PDF)
- Download the new Problem Gambling pocket card and flyer.