Problem gambling is gambling behavior which causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social or vocational. The term "Problem Gambling" includes, but is not limited to, the condition known as "Pathological", or "Compulsive" Gambling, a progressive addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, "chasing" losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences.
*Source: National Council on Problem Gambling website: www.ncpgambling.org
Gambling in the United States
•Approximately 85% of U.S. adults have gambled at least once in their lives; 60% in the past year.
•2 million (1%) of U.S. adults are estimated to meet criteria for pathological gambling in a given year.
•Another 4-6 million (2-3%) would be considered problem gamblers.
*Source: National Council on Problem Gambling, Retrieved from http://www.ncpgambling.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3314#widespread
United States Adolescent Prevalence
•Prevalence of problem gambling was 2.1%
•68% had gambled in the past year
•11% gambled twice a week or more
•6.5% at risk or problem gambling
•Adolescent involvement in gambling is believed to be greater than their use of tobacco, hard liquor, and marijuana
*Source: Welte, 2007
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The Single Parent Resource Center is a partner of the New York Council on Problem Gambling's 2020 YOU(th) Decide Project.
You(th) Decide NY is a youth project started by the NY Council on Problem Gambling to increase media literacy skills and dispel myths about gambling. YOU(th) Decide is designed to be a multi-dimensional prevention effort, which is aimed at reducing underage gambling in New York State.
Through work with local providers, YOU(th) Decide aims to empower youth to make educated decisions regarding their gambling behaviors, to prepare communities to work together to prevent underage gambling, and to reduce youth access to gambling.
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