Gambling among college students has become increasingly popular. According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, about 6 percent of college students in the United States have serious gambling problems. It's a number that experts say is growing, as more opportunities become available to gamble, legally or illegally.
Nationally, about 75 percent of college students gambled last year and 18 percent admitted they did so at least weekly, according to CollegeGambling.org. Lotteries, card games, pool, sports betting and games of skill such as bowling, basketball, pool, golf, backgammon, and darts are the most frequently chosen gambling activities by college students.
These statistics are of great concern because research has shown that teenagers and college young adults are more impulsive and at a higher risk for developing gambling disorders than adults. In addition, compared to students without gambling problems, students with gambling problems are more likely to use tobacco, drink heavily or binge drink, smoke marijuana or use other illegal drugs, drive under the influence and have a lower GPA.
Gambling is a personal choice. Know the risks. If you are a college student or someone you know would like to discuss gambling choices email Marilyn@zepfcenter.org or call 419-841-7701 ext. 6058.
There is hope and free treatment available to gamblers and their loved ones.