2009/2010 HelpLine Statistics, Volume 19

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2009/2010 HelpLine Statistics, Volume 19

Post by tammy rigsby » Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:07 pm

Throughout fiscal year 2009/2010, the FCCG responded to over 4,900 Help and Information contacts. This is a 12% increase over last year and the statistics show more than ever that there is a major gambling problem in the state of Florida. The FCCG received calls from 60 of the 67 counties with the highest percentage coming from the south Florida area. The top reasons why people were seeking help were relationship problems and difficulty paying household bills. The primary gambling types most often cited were slot machines, cards and lottery games. Almost one third of the gamblers claimed to have lost $90,000 or more and almost one quarter owed $60,000 or more due to gambling. Approximately one third of the gamblers had committed illegal acts in order to finance their gambling such as fraud, larceny and embezzlement. Data on the emotional problems experienced showed that over 80% of the gamblers felt anxiety or depression and 11% had suicidal ideations or previous attempts. Family conflict and neglect were prominent problems due to the gamblers behavior and even domestic violence was cited by 3%. The FCCG also saw the impact that Internet Sweepstakes cafes are having and the rapid onset of problems caused by these establishments. The FCCG referred gamblers and loved ones to resources that could assist them. If you or someone you know has a problem, call 1-888-ADMIT-IT for workbooks, resources and referrals that can help.

Stats from the HelpLine
61% of the gamblers were male
8% of the gamblers had a military background
64% cited casinos as primary location
67% of the gamblers owed money to credit cards
21% of the gamblers were unemployed or disabled
12% had enacted bankruptcy
37% had sold or pawned assets
18% had sought help before

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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Personal Foul
Tim Donaghy

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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