FACTS AND STATS
"We have an epidemic.”
Ed Looney, Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ
It’s gambling--one of the
fastest-growing addictions among adolescents.
The National Council on Problem Gambling found
that teens with a gambling problem were more likely
to engage in risky behavior such as unsafe sex,
binge drinking and skipping school.
“Today more young people gamble once a week
than smoke, drink or take drugs combined.”
Gambling is "the most popular high-risk activity among teenagers,
outpacing drinking, taking drugs and smoking.
Adolescents with gambling disorders start at age 9.
• Children of compulsive gamblers are often
prone to suffer abuse, as well as neglect.
• Children of problem gamblers are at a
higher risk of developing health threatening
behaviors, including alcohol and drug abuse,
problem gambling, eating disorders,
depression, and suicide.
Missouri Department of Mental Health
Teenagers and young adults are the fastest-growing segment of addicts.
4% OF OUR CHILDREN
ADDICTED TO GAMBLING
American Psychiatric Association
Annenberg National Risk Survey of Youth
Dr. C. Blanco: Columbia University Medical Center
J. Derevensky & R. Gupta of McGill University
ED LOONEY, NJ Council on Compulsive Gambling
Harvard Medical School
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Minnesota Institute of Public Health
National Council on Problem Gambling
M. Stone, Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling
Emily E. Wilson licensed psychologist
H. Wynne: Wynne Resources in British Columbia
CHILDREN ADDICTED TO GAMBLING COMMIT
SUICIDE AND CRIMES. THEY FREQUENTLY OWE
MONEY TO MOB CONNECTED BOOKIES
Children’s gambling debt can be over $10,000
Half of young people who gamble on the Internet weekly
display signs of problem gambling.
CHILDREN ARE MURDERED BY PARENTS
WHO ARE GAMBLING ADDICTS
* * * Danger signs