Q: What is gambling?
A: Gambling is placing money or something of value on events where the outcome is uncertain.
Q: What are some types of gambling?
A: Gambling does not only occur in casinos. Gambling can take many forms -- such as the lottery, dice games, poker games, sports betting, bingo, and even betting on animal fights.
Q: How many people gamble?
A: The majority of U.S. adults, around 85%, report having gambled at least once in their lives.
Q: How many people are affected by gambling problems?
A: Between 6 and 10 million U.S. adults per year from all walks of life experience negative effects from their gambling. Nearly 8 million adolescents experience negative effects from gambling.
Q: You have to be irresponsible to have a gambling problem, right?
A: Wrong. Anyone can develop problems if they are not aware of risks or do not gamble responsibly. When gambling interferes with finances, work responsibilities, or relationships, a serious problem exists.
Q: Can you be a a problem gambler if you don't gamble every day?
A: Yes. The frequency does not determine if a person has a problem. What is more important are the consequences a person is experiencing from their gambling.
Q: Do people with gambling problems have other issues?
A: About half of people who are problem gamblers have previously met criteria for another psychiatric disorder, most commonly a mood disorder or alcohol use disorder.
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