2008/09 Statistics– A Gloomy Portrait

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2008/09 Statistics– A Gloomy Portrait

Post by tammy rigsby » Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:27 pm

Help and Information contacts to the 24 hour HelpLine were up 5% over last year from 4,208 to 4,420. Many of the statistics were startling regarding problem gambling. Over one out of five gamblers (21%) were of senior age and 12% of the gamblers started wagering before the legal age of 18. The percent of gamblers citing cards (poker, blackjack, Texas hold ‘em) as a primary problem has doubled over the last 2 years from 16% to 33%. The percentage of gamblers committing illegal acts to finance their gambling was up to 33% from 23% just 2 years ago and 17% of the gamblers had been subjected to some legal action due to their addiction. The amount of unemployed people seeking assistance has also doubled over the last 2 years from 8% in 06/07 to 16% this year. The average debt of the gambler was just under $60,000. Females preferred slot machine gambling over lottery 71% to 15% while males preferred cards over slot machine 50% to 26%. More than one in ten of the gamblers were business owners (11%), most of which stated that the bad economy put them into a position where they felt they needed to gamble to make ends meet. One of the more sobering statistics was that 10% of the gamblers had either attempted suicide or had serious ideations to do so. In all, 98% of the gamblers and loved ones received resources to assist them from the FCCG. If you or someone you know has a problem, call 1-888-ADMIT-IT for workbooks, resources and referrals that can help.

Warning Signs of Problem Gambling
Preoccupation with Gambling
Risking Relationships
Gambling to Escape
Relying on Bailouts
Increasing Bets to Sustain Thrill
Concealing Activity
Loss of Control
Chasing Losses
Illegal Activities
Agitated when Stopping or Cutting Back

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Books:
America Anonymous
Benoit Lewis

Gambling in America
Earl L. Grinols

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-888-236-4848 for information and resources.

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Resources:
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Mental Health Org
Internet Programs
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