"gambling is an addiction"

Missouri Department of Mental Health

  • "The average compulsive gambler entering treatment owes between $53,000 and $92,000"
     
  • "The problem echos far beyond the casino or lottery window, becoming a factor in crime, suicide, spousal and child abuse, substance abuse, and accidents."
     
  • "The National Council on Problem Gambling says compulsive gamblers annually cost American businesses $40 billion in lost wages and insurance claims."
     
  • "A third of all prison inmates are considered compulsive gamblers."
     
  • "One of every five compulsive gamblers attempts suicide."
     
  • "Spouses of compulsive gamblers are three times more likely to commit suicide than the general population."
     
  • "One in four compulsive gamblers is involved in
    a traffic accident on their way to a gambling episode and half admit they regularly speed on their way to a gambling episode."
     
  • "Children of compulsive gamblers attempt suicide twice as often as their classmates, do worse in school, and are more likely to have a substance-abuse problem."

    Missouri Department of Mental Health