Exposing the Dark Side of Gambling Addiction


Summary of Children's Facts and Stats
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Overview of Facts And Stats

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
Dalhousie University
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

Australia: It is estimated that gambling addicts now account for at least 2 per cent of the adult population of the country.
news.independent.co.uk/10.20.04
Australia counts social cost of deregulation

1.52 million California adults and minors are problem or pathological gamblers. That figure includes: 589,000 adult problem gamblers; 333,000 adult pathological gamblers; 436,800 youth problem gamblers; and 159,900 youth pathological gamblers. www.consumeraffairs.com/5.31.06 Gambling
Boom Brings Revenue and Problems to California

The latest study is Morgan Quitno's list of the most dangerous places in the United States to live. For the fourth year in a row, Nevada topped the list, which is based on six major metrics - murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary and auto theft. www.lahontanvalleynews.com/4.4.07
Editorial: Transformation to a better Nevada will take courage, commitment

Each problem gambler negatively impacts 10 to 17 people around them, including family, employer, co-workers, and government.
Missouri Department of Mental Health
www.dmh.mo.gov/ada/facts/gambling.htm

One out of 20 people in this city (Calgary) have a gambling problem and they each affect eight to 10 other individuals...
University of Calgary/PhD psychology student Nicole Peden, who's conducting a study on problem gambling.
http://calsun.canoe.ca

Each problem gambler negatively affects 10 to 17 other people.
Nova Scotia stuby by GPI Atlantic, a non-profit research group in Halifax
www.canada.com/3.20.05

Gambling in Nova Scotia can be linked to between five and 10 per cent of all personal bankruptcy cases, and 6.3 per cent of suicides. It also noted that problem gamblers have significantly higher rates of job loss, divorce, suicide, bankruptcy, poor health, arrest and incarceration.
Nova Scotia stuby by GPI Atlantic, a non-profit research group in Halifax
www.canada.com/3.20.05

20% of addicted gamblers have filed for bankruptcy.
Prof. John Warren Kindt, Bankruptcy Developments Journal, volume 19, No.1

In 1996 the bankruptcy rate was 35% higher than the average in counties with five or more gambling establishments.
SMR Research Corporation, 1996

Shelby County, TN, where residents have easy access to 30 gaming halls and riverboatcasinos in nearby Mississippi locations, has the highest personal bankruptcy rate in the nation - four times the national average.
SMR Research Corporation, 1996

In Missouri, the eight counties with casinos had a more than 50% higher filing rate than the non casino counties.
SMR Research Corporation, 1996

20% of the homeless are gambling addicts.
Atlantic City Rescue Mission
Association of Gospel Rescue
Missions in Kansas

Up to 50% of spouses of addicted gamblers are abused. When casinos opened in SD child abuse rose by 42% and domestic assaults by 80%.
National Research Council
The Guardian

- Studies indicate 25-50 percent of spouses of problem gamblers have been abused.
- 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
www.dmh.mo.gov/ada/facts/gambling.htm

60% of those addicted to gambling will commit crimes. California Council on Problem Gambling

63% of gambling addicts are alcoholics.
California Council on Problem Gambling

“Research shows that if you have a gambling problem you will likely have an alcohol problem as well, and a drug problem. The reverse, however, is not true.” Alcoholics don’t turn to gambling, but gamblers turn to alcohol to relieve mental anguish.
H. Wesley Clark, MD, JD, MPH, CAS, FASAM
Keynote Speaker: MIDWEST CONFERENCE ON PROBLEM GAMBLING & SUBSTANCE ABUSE

20% of gamblling addicts commit or attempt suicide.
National Council on Problem Gamblling

"It's got the highest suicide rate of any addiction," said Marc Lefkowitz, director of training for the nonprofit California Council on Problem Gaming
www.contracostatimes.com/4.03.07
SoCal tribe trains casino workers

Canada has up to 360 suicides a year by gambling addicts.
Canada Safety Council

Ironically, it's been found that stress- related illnesses associated with people with gambling problems, such as headaches, high blood pressure, anxiety and depression, also have been found in family members.
Buffalo News/7.27.03/www.buffalonews.com

The Costs of the Disease Are...
- Family disruption, neglected or abused children, divorce, impoverishment, mental breakdown.
- Billions of dollars worth of productivity lost by business and industry through absenteeism, wasted time, poor work performance, theft of materials and accident.
- Criminal acts committed to raise money in order to continue gambling after heavy losses and mounting debts. The longer the disease continues untreated, the greater the probability of arrest and imprisonment.
- The unabated misery of being in the grips of an uncontrollable disease, without even knowing it, thus permitting the disease to wreck family, career and even life which, in many cases, ends in suicide.
The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey
www.800gambler.org

Consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. has estimated that nationwide, $810 million in productivity will be lost in the week (Super Bowl and March Madness) before the game.
www.heraldnet.com/2.02.07
Bets on the big game are a no-no

The estimated annual cost for problem and pathological gamblers is $5 billion per year and an additional $40 billion in lifetime costs for productivity reductions, social service, and creditor losses.
Missouri Department of Mental Health
www.dmh.mo.gov/ada/facts/gambling.htm

It is estimated that an excess of a trillion dollars is wagered annually worldwide on the various forms of gambling.
www.gamblingmagazine.com/10.28.03

Americans spend $600 billion a year gambling, $400 billion a year on food.
www.courierpress.com/3.8.04
States are addicted to gambling

Industry trends suggest that today's "annual wager" is close to $100 billion. By comparison, the Iraq war is expected to cost the US $120 billion this year.
Christian Science Monitor/6.19.06
Gambling: where the money goes

The sum total spent on tickets to all movies, plays, concerts, and live performances, plus all sports events, is only about $22 billion per year. Americans are spending three times as much on gambling as on all other kinds of entertainment combined. And it is a major, major source of pathology."
WWW.HARVARD-MAGAZINE.COM
July,August 2002/Trafficking in Chance

Every day in the United States, slot machines take in, on average, more than $1 billion in wagers.
WWW.NYTIMES.COM/5.9.04
The Tug of the Newfangled Slot Machines

Legal gambling in the United States is a $135.9 billion per year business.
morningsentinel.mainetoday.com/5.21.06
Millions addicted to legal gambling

Over $5 billion is gambled illegally on the Super Bowl.
www.post-gazette.com/1.31.07
Local bookies could win big with 2007 Super Bowl

Tribal casinos pulled in $22.6 billion in gambling revenue last year.
www.sfgate.com/7.11.06
Indian casinos bank another record year of revenues

Internet gambling topped $12 billion in revenue last year.
www.sacbee.com/7.9.06
Online gambling booms as laws try to catch up