Problem Gambling Information

Gambling is risking something of value on an event that is determined mostly by chance. A person is gambling if he or she puts up something of value, such as money or property, the outcome has an element of chance beyond the person’s control and once the bet is made it is not reversible. For many people gambling is enjoyed as a form of entertainment. But for some gambling can become a serious problem and develop into an addiction.

Problem Gambling refers to any gambling that goes beyond the “normal” bounds of gambling for fun, recreation, or entertainment. Problem Gambling behavior is defined as gambling that damages your mental and physical health, your career/educational activities, and/or your personal relationships, finances, and reputation. People of all ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds can become problem gamblers.

Gambling Disorder (gambling addiction) has these same elements plus key characteristics similar to that of drug and alcohol addiction. Some of these include:

  • Increased preoccupation with gambling.
  • A need to bet more money more frequently.
  • Restlessness/irritability when trying to stop gambling.
  • “Chasing” losses.
  • Lying about where you were.
  • Exaggerating wins and understating loses.
  • Attributing winning to skill and losing to bad luck.
  • Hiding unpaid bills.
  • Borrowing/Stealing to finance gambling.
  • Continuation of gambling in spite of mounting, serious, and negative consequences.

Gambling can be a fun past time for those who gamble responsibly. To make sure that Ohioans stay safe, we want to spread public awareness on responsible gambling practices and how Ohioans who need help for problem gambling can get help. Be the 95% was created to help raise awareness to the issue of problem gambling and help provide resources to Ohioans who can benefit from its assistance. Listen to a Lake-Geauga Recovery Center’s Prevention Specialist talk about the new State of Ohio’s Be the 95% Campaign on WINT Radio.

Listen to the interview below: