College Gambling-Higher Learning?, Vol 6, Issue 6

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College Gambling-Higher Learning?, Vol 6, Issue 6

Post by tammy rigsby » Thu May 28, 2009 4:30 pm

The college life brings about a whole new environment to individuals such as an increase in opportunities of socialization and a sense of independence that most have not experienced. Gambling among college students poses a danger to some if not kept under control. What may start out as a fun activity, such as playing a friendly poker game with classmates or playing an online game for free, can turn into an harmful addiction. There are many reasons why problem gambling is so prominent amongst college students. A few being; poor socialization skills, peer pressure, and stress from the school workload. With most students having a computer, they are easily lured to websites that promote gambling by pop-ups and ads all over the Internet and are enticed by events like the World Series of Poker which often depicts younger people winning huge amounts of money sometimes even foregoing college to pursue their dreams of becoming a poker champion. For a college student with a gambling problem, the effects are detrimental. They may start losing interest in their grades and schoolwork, distance themselves from friends, run up significant credit card debt and even use their tuition money with which to gamble. The future of the student can be seriously damaged if the student drops out of school due to poor grades or gets involved in illegal activities to finance their gambling. If you or someone you know has a problem, call 1-888-ADMIT-IT for workbooks, resources and referrals that can help.

Statistics on the College Gambler
-Based on the recent college study by the FCCG, 1 in 5 college students has a gambling problem.
-66% had gambled in the past year.
-50% of male college students reported playing Texas Hold’Em.
-26% of males had bet on professional sports
-17% of females reported gambling on card games.
-The most popular form of gambling among students was lottery.

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

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www.gamblinghelp.org
http://gamblinghelp.org/forums/

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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