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%

Study of Problem Gambling in MN’s Laotian Community

Though there was already a sense that gambling addiction is an issue in Minnesota’s Lao community, new research sponsored by Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance (NPGA) has discovered that findings from a community sample suggest elevated problem gambling behaviors.

“Positive Play” Messaging Emerges as Effective Approach in Gambling Education and Helplines

Traditionally, the approach to educating people about problem gambling has been a punitive one — i.e., if you don’t play responsibly you will experience problems. But new insights into the gambling education process, including those shared at the annual New Horizons Conference on Responsible Gambling, suggest a...

Minnesota Mulls Bills to Legalize Sports Betting

Two bills to legalize sports betting in Minnesota were introduced this year. The status and nature of each bill is detailed below. It doesn’t appear that Minnesota will pass either of these bills this session. Bill: SF1984 Description: The bill would establish a framework for betting through a sports pool and for...

Northstar Finalizes Strategic Plan

Northstar’s new strategic plan was approved by the board of directors in April. The final plan details six major organizational goals and 19 key strategies. The full strategic plan can be viewed here. Goals The goals identified in the process look out 10-15 years and will require strong partnerships to achieve....

Free Online Tool Blocks Access To Gambling Sites For Those In Recovery

Individuals recovering from a gambling addiction now have an option should they decide to restrict themselves from participating in online gambling. BetBlocker.org, is a free online tool that users can install to stop themselves from accessing gambling sites. The tool is available for both desktop and mobile...

2019 Problem Gambling Awareness Month in Review

Northstar once again actively participated in this year’s national Problem Gambling Awareness Month activities in March. Northstar’s efforts focused primarily on social media, and included a campaign that targeted treatment providers, the general public and frequent casino visitors. Communication to Treatment...

Groundbreaking NGAGE Survey on Gambling Sheds Light on Behaviors and Attitudes

Gambling Behavior of Minnesotans Similar to the Nation At Large In March, the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) released initial findings from the first comprehensive survey of gambling attitudes and behaviors. Northern Light talked with Don Feeney, Northstar board president and lead researcher for NCPG on...

Northstar to Participate in “Future of Gaming” Conference

Northstar executive director Susan Sheridan Tucker will be one of 35 speakers participating in the summer meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS). The meeting will focus on critical issues that elected officials throughout the United States will grapple with, ranging from sports...

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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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