Know the warning signs of problem gambling
Most people who participate in gambling do so responsibly and for entertainment. There is, however, a small percentage of the population whose gambling behaviors become damaging to themselves, their family or their workplace.
More recently, the National Opinion Research Center of the University of Chicago recently completed the first-ever national (U.S.) survey on problem gambling prevalence. According to these prevalence studies, the problem gambling rates are generally about 1% of the population.
- Spending more time or money on gambling than affordable or than planned.
- Increased financial problems and debt
- Visiting multiple lottery vendors in one day
- Visiting one lottery vendor multiple times in one day
- Hiding lottery tickets from your family
- Neglecting important responsibilities like work, school, or family
- You continue to play despite relationship troubles
- Borrowing money to gamble
- You plan your day around gambling
If you are concerned about any of the above warning signs help is available.
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