Research indicates that 1.5% of individuals who gamble will develop a pathological gambling problem. Another 4% of gamblers will become problem gamblers.


  • Spends a lot of time gambling- may miss work, school, family obligations, or other important events.
  • Hides gambling losses- frequently talks about the wins but keeps losses and information about family finances to themselves.
  • Gambles to escape- uses gambling to escape from pressures at home or work; also a person may gamble out of loneliness or grief.
  • Suffers severe mood swings-a person's state of mind depends on whether or not gambling, the person may become anxious or angry.
  • Bets increase in size-bets higher amounts in the hope of breaking even or winning back losses.
  • Tries to stop gambling, but can't- a compulsive gambler may try to stop gambling, but in most cases is unable to quit without help.



    These questions are provided to help the individual decide if he or she is a compulsive gambler and wants to stop gambling.

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the impact facetheodds.org

  • Each compulsive gambler costs society $13,000.00 each year.
  • In Ohio: more than $2.2 billion each year.
  • One estimate: $289 in social costs for every $46 economic benefit
  • It is estimated that each problem gambler will directly impact the lives of a minimum of 7 other people – mostly family.