A 2017 statewide survey by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services estimated that as many as 900,000 Ohioans could face a gambling problem. Those considered at-risk for a gambling disorder nearly doubled from 5.7% five years ago to 10.3% today. Ohioans who can be diagnosed as a Disordered Gambler make up 0.9% of the population which equates to 76,379 adults. That’s more than the number of people who could fill First Energy Stadium!

Amongst young people ages 14-21, approximately 2.1 percent struggle with disordered gambling and another 6.5 percent are problem gamblers.

Approximately 2 million Americans are addicted to gambling with another 6-8 million Americans experiencing life problems directly related to their gambling.

About 85% of Americans have gambled at least once in their lives; 60% have gambled in the previous year.

39% of those addicted to gambling have suicide ideations while 20% actually complete suicide. This is one of the highest suicide rates among addictions.

It is estimated that every problem gambler will directly and negatively impact the lives of at least 10 other people.

Types of Gambling

Gambling isn’t just card games in a casino. Gambling can take many forms and be a normal part of our culture. Schools, faith-based organizations and charities sponsor gambling functions on a regular basis. It is important to realize that gambling IS a large part of our society and can be used as a positive form of funding, donation, and of course entertainment. Gambling activities can include:

  • Bingo
  • Card & Table Games
  • Dice Games
  • Horse/Dog Racing
  • Gambling on-line
  • Keno
  • Lottery Tickets & Scratch-offs
  • Pull Tabes
  • Raffles
  • Slot Machines/VLT’s/Video Poker
  • Sports Betting (including Fantasy Sports)
  • Stock Market/Commodities