Facts About Problem Gambling

Problem Gamblers with Dual Addictions

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


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

Fantasy Sports Statistics

Annual amount spent on daily fantasy sports in 2012

Annual mount spent on daily fantasy sports in 2015

  • Estimated number of fantasy sports players in 1988 (in millions) 0.5%
  • Estimated number of fantasy sports players in 2015 (in millions) 56.8%
  • Estimated amount of money wagered on the Super Bowl XLIX (in millions) 100+%

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

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