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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Dispelling the Myths.

There are lots of myths about gambling and we’re here to debunk them.
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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.
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