Youth / Young Adult Gambling

Problem gambling, commonly referred to as gambling addiction and clinically recognized as gambling disorder affects people of all ages, from adolescents as young as 10 to adults in their senior years. It’s not a matter of being irresponsible-it’s an addiction rooted in the brain just as are the drug and alcohol problems of millions of people.

Teenagers are Gambling

Of U.S. residents ages 14-21, approximately 2.1 percent struggle with problem gambling. Another 6.5 percent are at-risk.

What Can We Do?

If our teenagers’ problem gambling isn’t recognized early, it can have devastating consequences that can affect the rest of their lives. What can we do to help? How can we guide them to recovery and remain gambling-free? We begin by educating ourselves and those around us on youth gambling and problem gambling.

Spread the Word

  • Download our brochures on Youth Gambling. “How Much You Wanna Bet?” describes signs of teen problem gambling and ideas of what others can do to help. “Adolescent Problem Gambling” shares reasons why adolescents are a high-risk group and provides information on FREE educational programming available statewide.
  • Request a presentation. Speakers and group or classroom presentations are available FREE of charge across the state.

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