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March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Goals and Objectives

To increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment & recovery services

Nearly 80 percent of Americans report that they have gambled in the past year. The vast majority do so for entertainment and do not suffer significant consequences. But at least six million people in the U.S. will experience serious problems with their gambling, the impact of which will be felt by their families, colleagues, and others in society. However, gambling addiction too often is not seen as a public policy issue, but rather as a personal or individual problem. New research has not only increased our understanding of this disorder, but has also revealed the extent of the costs ofmproblem gambling to our society.

Problem gambling touches every corner of our society, afflicting inner cities, suburbs, and rural communities. No age, income or ethnic group is exempt. The vast majority of those dealing with problem gambling are employed. Some of the elderly suffer from addiction as do people in the prime of their lives. Gambling and problem gambling also occur among the young, often at rates exceeding that of adults.

Gambling operators, suppliers and regulators play a critical role in successfully addressing problem gambling, including but not limited to adherence to responsible gambling standards, establishing partnerships with problem gambling organizations, and assisting with the funding of problem gambling-related programs.

To encourage healthcare providers to screen clients for problem gambling

Gambling addiction is a serious public health issue demanding a comprehensive solution involving not only federal programs but also efforts on the part of states, counties, cities, communities, families, civic groups, the gambling industry, the nonprofit sector, professions such as medicine, law, and finance, and other organizations.

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) takes a long-term view of the effect of problem gambling on the nation's public health. “Problem gambling” means gambling behaviors that result in serious negative consequences to the gambler. It includes gambling disorders as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) of the American Psychiatric Association but also includes those who suffer negative consequences from their gambling without meeting the DSM-5 clinical criteria. Our ultimate goal is to improve public health by reducing the personal,
social, and economic costs of problem gambling.


Have the Conversation About Problem Gambling

Problem gambling is a public health issue affecting all aspects of physical, social, and mental health. It can affect families, work performance and general well-being. It is important to know the signs of a gambling problem, that treatment is available, and that it works. Use this document to learn about problem gambling, how to recognize the signs of gambling addiction and where to go for help.