There's nothing like the thrill of gambling and the potential of a big win. But like other things, it's always important to keep things in moderation. If you're having trouble keeping your gambling in check, we can help.
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Approximately 85% of U.S. adults have gambled at least once in their lives; 60% in the past year. Research indicates that most adults who choose to gamble are able to do so responsibly.
Problem gambling includes all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family or vocational pursuits.
Disordered Gambling is an impulse-control disorder and is a treatable mental illness.
1% of U.S. adults are estimated to meet criteria for gambling addiction known as Gambling Disorder or gambling addiction in a given year.
The 0.9% of Ohio adults estimated to be problem gamblers is significantly below the national average rate of 2.2% for individuals having mild or moderate gambling problems.
Ohio males 18-44, of any race or ethnicity, are the largest at-risk group.
Anyone who gambles can develop problems if they are not aware of the risks and do not gamble responsibly. When gambling behavior interferes with finances, relationships and the workplace, a serious problem already exists.
Common problems that often occur with problem gambling include substance abuse, depression, anxiety and stress-related medical problems.
Problem gambling rates among teens and young adults have been shown to be 2-3 times that of adults. 15% of Ohio youth ages 12-17 are gambling, and 3% are experiencing negative consequences from gambling.
Because there are no physical signs or biological tests as there are for substance abuse, it’s easier to hide a gambling problem for a longer period of time.