Football Season is a Dangerous Time for Problem Gamblers

Football is the most popular type of sports betting and with the season just beginning it can be a dangerous time for gamblers.

According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, 2 million (1%) of U.S. adults are estimated to meet the criteria for pathological gambling in a given year. Another 4-6 million (2-3%) would be considered problem gamblers that experience problems due to their gambling behavior.

As more States continue to legalize sports betting there is an even greater chance, than ever before, for people to develop a gambling addiction.

Help yourself and your friends by knowing the signs of problem gambling;

  • Borrowing money to gamble
  • Lying about time or money spent on gambling
  • Betting more over time to feel the same sense of excitement
  • Exaggerating wins and minimizing losses
  • Spending a lot of time gambling or thinking about gambling
  • Hiding bills or debts
  • Becoming irritable when not gambling.

Gamblers may take this confidential self-assessment quiz to help them understand if they may have a problem,

Public Health’s Addiction Services program offers help for those who may need it.

To schedule an appointment with one of Public Health’s counselors call 937-461-5223.

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