Facts About Problem Gambling

Problem Gamblers with Dual Addictions

  • Problem gamblers who have an alcohol disorder 75% 75%
  • Problem gamblers who have a drug use disorder 38% 38%
  • Problem gamblers who have nicotine dependency 60% 60%

A Gambling Addict Discovers Relationship Between Drinking and Gambling

Bob’s Story I’m that rare person whose “clean date” for drinking is the same as my clean date for gambling. The funny thing was that I never really thought that one had much to do with the other. But once I started treatment for gambling addiction—and learned more about addiction in general—I put it all together....

Northstar Alliance Recognizes Problem Gambling Awareness Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact:Susan Sheridan Tucker – Executive Director1935 West County Road B-2Roseville, MN 55113612-424-8595 Office612-321-1589 Cellsst@northstarproblemgambling.org Roseville, MN (March 1, 2019) - For the 15th year, Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance will...

Attorneys at Increased Risk for Gambling Addiction

At first blush, the idea that a lawyer could develop a gambling problem might seem far-fetched. After all, the highly esteemed, socially acceptable profession is associated with high achievement and prestige. Yet, upon closer examination, there are a number of unique characteristics about attorneys and their work...

New Online Treatment Program Offers Help For Hard-To-Reach Problem Gamblers

Historically, there are many reasons why problem gamblers don’t always get the help they need. Some of these challenges include access to counselors, dealing with the burden of stigma and shame, concerns about privacy, and uncertainty about whether a problem really exists. But thanks to a new online treatment...

Financial Counseling and Education Critical to Recovery

After finishing the first stages of treatment for gambling addiction, a problem gambler may have a better understanding of the disease, the circumstances that trigger undesirable gambling behavior, and the importance of taking things one day at a time. But because money is essentially the drug of choice for a...

Celebrating the Past, Anticipating the Future

Northstar’s transition from former executive director Cathie Perrault to new executive director Susan Sheridan Tucker provides a good opportunity to look back on what’s been accomplished over the last decade—and to look forward to what can be achieved in the future. Looking Back Cathie served as Northstar’s executive...

Northstar to Create New Strategic Plan

With an eye toward strengthening the alliance that forms the organization’s foundation, Northstar is working to engage in a new strategic planning process that will be underway later this fall. “I think this is a good time to revisit what we’re all about and to create focused goals that we can all agree on as we move...

The Role of Meditation and Mindfulness in Gambling Recovery

As most gambling counselors and therapists will attest, there’s no single treatment that works across the board for all clients. However, meditation and other mindfulness-based therapies, which have increased in popularity, are showing promise in helping people cope with a range of mental health conditions, including...

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Percentage of adolescents who suggested that social casino game operations encouraged them to gamble

Problem Gambling and Male Student Athletes

  • Percent of male student athletes who placed their first sports bet before college* 90% 90%
  • Percent of male student athletes who think they can consistently make a lot of money betting sports* 50% 50%
  • Percent of male student athletes who reported their biggest one-day loss was at least $500* 4% 4%
  • Percent of male student athletes who met criteria for problem gambling* 2% 2%

Fantasy Sports Statistics

500 Thousand

Estimated number of fantasy sports players in 1988

59.3 Million

Number of fantasy sports players in 2017

$653

Average annual spent per fantasy sports player (age 18+)

6.2%

Percent of the U.S. adult population that played some kind of fantasy sport in 2017

Signs of Gambling Addiction

Given the subtle nature of gambling problems, how can you identify someone who is at risk for compulsive gambling? Here are eight warning signs of a gambling problem:

  1. Increased frequency of gambling activity
  2. Increased amount of money gambled
  3. Gambling for longer periods of time than originally planned
  4. Bragging about wins, but not talking about losses
  5. Pressuring others for money as financial problems arise
  6. Lying about how money is spent
  7. Escaping to other excesses (alcohol, drugs, sleep, etc.)
  8. Denying there is a problem

Are You at Risk for Problem Gambling?

Two questions can help determine if you’re at risk for problem gambling.

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