Responsible Gaming

For most people, gambling is entertainment. It's exciting fun with little or no consequence. But for some, it's not just good fun - it becomes a serious problem with severe consequence

Unfortunately for these people, gambling turns into an intense addiction. They become obsessed with an uncontrollable urge to gamble. This problem is called Compulsive Gambling Addiction. It is an emotional illness with no obvious physical signs. It often remains hidden until the financial and emotional lives of the gambler and family are shattered. Sadly, the stress only increases the need to gamble; it continues to grow stronger as the negative effects pile up consequences.

Compulsive gambling can affect men and women of any age, race or religion, regardless of their social or economic stature. Up to six percent of U.S. residents have problems with gambling, which is only slightly less than the 9 percent who abuse alcohol. Contrary to public opinion, winning is not the attraction. It is the act of gambling - the thrill of bet making and risk-taking. Winning (or losing) does not diminish the need; the "high" comes only from gambling.

How do you know?
Most gamblers need help in recognizing the signs of compulsive gambling. Often it is the family or friends who see the problem first.

The following questions are provided to help the individual decide if he or she is a compulsive gambler.