gambling

Gambling Information

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.

Here is a fact sheet you may also find helpful:

Frequently Asked Questions about Problem Gambling

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