Some would say that we all take a gamble on something, at one time or another, whether it be a job, a partner, or a cross country move. In many instances, our decisions are well thought out, and not all that risky.
Gambling, on the other hand, involves playing games of chance for money, or taking risky action in the hope of a desired result. According to one source, gambling addictions in Ohio have doubled since 2012, in part because there is more accessibility to casinos, gaming and online betting. Research indicates that in 2012, 450,000 Ohioans showed signs of a gambling addiction. By 2019, that number jumped to 900,000. Like alcohol, cocaine, cannabis and opioids, gambling can lead to addictive behavior. The Problem Gambling Network of Ohio reports that 400-500 calls a month come in from people in need of help, particularly during the Super Bowl or March Madness.
Gambling involves both games of chance and games of skill.
Games of Chance include: Scratch and Win Cards, Arcade games, Raffles, Bingo, Lotteries, Internet Gambling, Sweepstakes, Rolling Dice/Craps, Roullette, and Video Lottery Terminals
Games of Skill include: Poker and other card games, Arcade and video games, pool, darts, marbles, race track betting, board games, sports
Characteristics of Responsible Gambling
· Responsible Gamblers understand that the odds of winning are with the house.
· Responsible gaming is done socially with family, friends or colleagues.
· Responsible gaming is done for limited amounts of time.
· Responsible gaming always has a pre-determined acceptable money limit for losses.
Potential warning signs of Problem Gambling
· Borrowing money to gamble
· Spending a lot of time thinking about gambling
· Restless and irritable when not gambling
· Making larger dollar bets to increase the excitement
· Lying about how much time or money you have spent or lost gambling
· Gambling to escape problems
· Neglecting important responsibilities such as work, family, or school
· Having unpaid bills or increased debt because of gambling
Even young people can have a gambling problem. Problem gambling rates among teens and young adults have been shown to be 2-3 times that of adults. 15% of Ohio youth ages 12-17 are gambling, and 3% are experiencing negative consequences from gambling. (Source: Ohio Lottery Commission)
Sources: www.10tv.com; Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County Gambling Fact Sheet