Once each year we look at the seriousness of problem gambling. March is Problem Gambling Awareness month. 2019 is a priority for responsible gaming since expansion of gambling continues at a feverish pitch. The addition of legal sports betting in Rhode Island and other New England brings more concern gambling additions. Recreational Gambling Requires Responsible Gambling.
MARCH IS PROBLEM GAMBLING AWARENESS MONTH!
Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) is a grassroots campaign, It depends on the participation of NCPG state Affiliate, as well as:
- Organizational and individual members
- state health agencies
- gambling companies
- recovery groups and a wide range of healthcare organizations and providers.
Approximately 2 million (1%) of U.S. adults are estimated to meet criteria for pathological gambling. Another 4-6 million (2-3%) would be considered problem gamblers. For many, gambling, remains a hidden addiction.
March Madness entertain an estimated $10 billion placed on the NCAA basketball championship games. Calls to the National Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-522-4700) spike an average of 30% during the month
In 2017, according to the NCPG, problem gambling accounted for $7 billion in the US annually due to addiction, bankruptcy, and crime. An estimated five million Americans already meet the criteria for gambling addiction. In addition, three in four have problems with alcohol, 38 percent use or have used illegal drugs, and 20 percent have attempted or committed suicide.
The American Gambling Association, released new research. It shows that American acceptance of gaming is at an all-time high. Casino gamblers are also actively practicing responsible gaming.Bettors report setting budgets, sticking to them and being aware of available responsible gaming resources.
According to the research:
- 9 in 10 casual bettors set a budget before they visit a casino;
- 90 percent of those visitors report success in tracking their spending; and
- 8 in 10 casual casino visitors and 9 in 10 avid casino visitors are aware of responsible gaming resources.
Massachusetts leads the charge
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) implemented many initiatives to curb problem gambling in Massachusetts Casinos, including:
- EDUCATION: MGC continues to generate awareness about its popular, responsible gaming program GameSense. I t is working closely with GameSense Advisors at Plainridge Park Casino, Encore Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield by hosting activities for casino employees. As the eyes and ears of the casino, employees play a key role in identifying persons struggling with gambling. Educating casino staff has increased benefit because research identifies gaming employees as being at a greater risk of developing a gambling problem.
- COMMUNICATION: The MGC will implement a digital campaign across its multiple social media channels to promote awareness. Likewise, it will educate the public about MGC’s voluntary self-exclusion program and the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling helpline.
- SUPPORT: MGC supports the Cambridge Health Alliance’s ‘Gambling Disorder Screening Day’ taking place on March 12, 2019. On the same day, GameSense Advisors will offer problem gambling screening at Plainridge Park Casino, Encore Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield.
Kudos to MGM International for implementing GameSense at its resorts in Las Vegas and elsewhere around the country, not just in Springfield where it is required.
Gambling Companies Also Looking to Help
Everi, IGT, and Aristocrat are only a few of the gambling industry giants working with the AGA create responsible gambling. Check out these articles from the AGA’s website:
Every casino in New England has some form of help. Resources include self-exclusion programs, live chat link on websites for immediate help, in addition to state hotlines like Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling. For more information on problem gambling, go to the National Council on Problem Gambling website. Help each other if your friends, family or children seem to be spending money they don’t have. If you have questions or concerns about your own gambling, take the 20 Question Check at Gambler’s Anonymous. Wouldn’t it be great to not have to worry?
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