GAMBLING INCREASES HOMELESSNESS

International Union of Gospel Missions, surveyed 42 missions. Of those responding, 18% said gambling was a factor in their becoming homeless; 70% said gambling makes it harder to get back on their feet; 37% said that they still gamble.
St. Louis Post Dispatch 3/15/98


GAMBLING INCREASES BANKRUPTCY

The American Bankruptcy Institute reported a 34% increase in bankruptcies in eastern Missouri over the previous year.
St. Louis Post Dispatch 5/31/96

A SMR Research Corp. study found bankruptcy rates are 18% higher in counties with one gambling facility, and 23% higher in counties with five or more gambling facilities.
Scripps-Howard News Service 8/21/98

Compulsive gambling is responsible for an increasing number of bankruptcies.
Forbes 9/8/97

21% of Illinois Gamblers Anonymous members had filed bankruptcy.
Henry R. Lesieur, Ph.D., Christopher W. Anderson, MS, NCGC, LMFT.


GAMBLING INCREASES SUICIDE

Suicides in cities with gambling were up to four times higher than in comparably sized cities where gambling is not legal. "On average, people who gamble lose money, and people who gamble can lose a great deal of money. While this may not lead to suicide by the gambler, it could lead to suicide by the gambler’s spouse, son, relative, or business partner."
Dr. David Phillips, Prof. of Sociology, Univ. of California-San Diego 12/15/97

Clinical psychologist Durand Jacobs found suicide rates twice as high among teens with gambling problems.
USA Today 4/5/95

Problem gamblers were shown to have a suicide rate five to ten times higher than the rest of the population.
"The Luck Business", Robert Goodman taken from Lesieur, "Compulsive Gambling," Society


GAMBLING INCREASES DIVORCE

Clay Co. , Missouri judge estimates gambling problems have been a factor in 5% to 10% of the divorces she has presided over since the casinos arrived.
Focus on the Family CITIZEN 6/23/97

16% of Illinois Gamblers Anonymous members were divorced due to gambling.
Lesieur, Ph.D., Anderson, MS, NCGC, LMFt.


GAMBLING INCREASES ADDICTION

The MO Dept of Mental Health brought in Dr. Franklin to train 34 counselors in gambling treatment. A national gambling expert, Dr. Joanna Franklin says between 100,000 and 200,000 Missourians have already become compulsive gamblers - with the number to reach 265,000 before leveling off. Missouri's compulsive gamblers exceed the population of the state's fourth largest city, Independence.
Southeast Missourian, 2/20/96

Compulsive gambling among young people is triple that of adults.
Times Picayune, Louisiana 7/11/96

"We will face in the next decade or so more problems with youth gambling than we'll face with drug use. "
Dr. Howard Shaffer, Harvard Medical School for Addiction

A 1998 Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital survey of 17,000 eighth-through 12th-grade students in Vermont, found that 7 percent said that gambling caused problems with friends and family.

"In New Jersey alone, older Americans wager a reported 65% of the $3.8 billion spent in casinos."
Tom Brokaw, "High Stakes", NBC Nightly News 7/13/98

Kansas City sees addiction rise with boats.
Kansas City Star 3/10/97


GAMBLING INCREASES CRIME

About 13% of underage gamblers break laws to pay for their habit or pay off a debt.
Psychologist Durand Jacobs, St. Louis Post Dispatch 11/12/95

Employee theft and embezzlement are among the more blatant crimes frequently committed by compulsive gamblers.
B. Kenneth Nelson M.D., EAP Digest, November/December 1992

44% Of Illinois Gamblers Anonymous members stole from work to pay gambling debts.
Lesieur, Ph.D., Anderson, MS, NCGC, LMFt.

Nearly half of the St. Louis city treasury's $5.6 million gambling take must go to pay for police protection near the President Casino on the Mississippi River.
St. Louis Post Dispatch 4/22/97

In 1997 there were 2,103 arrests at eleven gambling facilities.
Missouri State Highway Patrol