Youth Gambling Is Not A Game: Teen Gambling Problems Video

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"Youth Gambling is Not a Game" public domain PSA. In the United States and Canada as many as 15.3 million 12--17 year olds have been gambling with or without adult awareness or approval, and 2.2 million of these are experiencing serious gambling-related problems. Yet, there continues to be little public awareness or concern about the extent, or the potential hazards associated with juvenile gambling. Use the information on this web site, http://www.notagame.org to educate yourself about problem gambling. You'll find tools to help you recognize problem gambling, understand its consequences and resources with additional information and treatment options. For immediate help call the confidential Washington State Problem Gambling Helpline at: 1-800-547-6133. What is Problem Gambling? According to the American Psychiatric Association, 10 to 15% of young people asked have significant gambling problems; 6% of the teens who have tried gambling have become pathological gamblers. On average, problem gamblers say they began gambling at about 10 years of age. The age of onset for gambling has dropped so that now, throughout America, the majority of 12-year-olds have already gambled (Jacobs, 2000). Studies of young people over the last 10 years report that about 8% of adolescents, 12 to 17 years old, can be considered problem gamblers. Further, approximately 15% of youths were considered to be at risk of developing problems with gambling. In a powerful illustration of the importance of the 'age of onset' as a risk factor for problem gambling; a Minnesota study showed 60% of high school students who are problem gamblers had gambled in the 6th grade or before. The same study showed there were NO problem gamblers among those who first gambled in the 12th grade (Winters, 1990).

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"One night after not being able to sleep from sheer guilt and fear, I woke my fiancé up early in the morning and told him everything. My fiancé was stunned and shocked by this revelation. He was so disappointed and that made me really want to give up gambl"

Elaine

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