For release: March 5, 2008
For press information, contact Jim Whelan
During March 9-15, the Gambling Clinic of the University of Memphis is participating
in the 6th Annual National Problem Gambling Awareness Week to increase knowledge about
problem gambling and to inform the community of the availability and benefits of treatment
for problem gambling for people experiencing such problems. A primary focus of the
week will be to promote effective treatments for improving the lives of problem gamblers
and their families.
“This is an especially important time to consider the role of gambling as we anticipate
“March Madness," the NCAA college basketball tournament," said Dr. Jim Whelan, Clinic
co-director. “During this time, many people, including adolescents and college students,
will engage in sports betting. For most people, gambling is not a problem; but for
some, gambling will result in potentially damaging financial, emotional, marital,
legal, and psychological consequences."
Whelan said that despite the fact that sports gambling is illegal in the Mid-South,
many people will place bets on the games. He added that in the Memphis metropolitan area alone, it is estimated that more than 20,000 people
experience serious problems related to their gambling.
The Gambling Clinic at the University of Memphis is a non-profit organization that
provides low-cost outpatient services for individuals experiencing gambling problems.
The Gambling Clinic is the largest gambling treatment facility in the region and has
helped more than 400 individuals take control of their gambling.
More information is available by phone 901-678-3491 or online at www.thegamblingclinic.memphis.edu.
To learn more about National Problem Gambling Awareness Week please visit www.npgaw.org