March is Problem Gambling Awareness month. It comes at a perfect time in New England in 2016 when the expansion of expanded gambling seems on the verge of chaos.
Katie Barlowe of Casino.org and in her article “Problem Gambling Awareness Month Highlights Plainridge Park Casino’s Safeguard Failures” she includes the following: “Most adults gamble or know someone who gambles, and, therefore, could benefit from programs to prevent gambling addiction,” the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) website states. “We believe many who suffer in silence do so because they don’t know why they developed a problem, what gambling addiction is or where to get help.”
As any vice/leisure activity allowed in our society, certain responsibilities should be followed. However, some are not able to resist the overwhelming dark sides of these actions. Whether for moral, economic, or basic human caring reasons, we try to provide help to those who cannot help themselves.
You might find it odd to have a post dealing with the “dark side” of gaming, but it is with an objective responsibility that NETime Gambling covers it all, and that includes the awareness of problem gambling.
MS. Barlowe also includes the following statistics:
- According to an infographic released by the NCPG, problem gambling accounts for $7 billion in the US annually due to addiction, bankruptcy, and crime.
- Of the estimated five million Americans who already meet the criteria for gambling addiction, three in four have problems with alcohol, 38 percent use or have used illegal drugs, and 20 percent have attempted or committed suicide.
Staggering. Is it not similar to other addictions – nicotine, alcohol, drugs, and so many more.
Tomorrow, we look at the systems in place to help gambling addiction, starting with Massachusetts and GameSense.