Problem gambling doesn’t affect any single demographic. As we head into the heart of the college football season, it’s important to focus on one group that is particularly at risk.
Many studies suggest that the rate of problem gambling in college students is alarmingly high, with one stating that problem gambling affects as many as 6% of students. That’s more than double the rate of the general population.
Why College Students Gamble
There are a few different factors that attract college students to gambling. The college years are already associated with at-risk behaviors such as drinking and drug use for some. Many addictions can arise from the combination of boredom, emptiness and chronic low self-esteem. These are all normal feelings that many college students may grapple with during their studies.
Students may just be seeking fun and diversion or may be feeling the growing pressure of classes and peers and may seek to escape through gambling. Some other reasons students gamble may include:
Warning Signs of Problem Gambling
If you’re a college student who gambles, there are a few questions you might want to ask yourself.
- Is gambling distracting you from your schoolwork and assignments?
- Is gambling keeping you from joining other activities and organizations?
- Is gambling distancing you from people at school and at home?
- Is gambling keeping you up at night?
How can a College Student Stop Gambling?
If you feel your gambling has gotten out of hand, there is help available. When you choose to begin your recovery, find other, healthier ways to relax from the stress of college life. Consider joining student clubs, volunteer organizations or intramural sports teams!
Visit BeforeYouBet.org for more information and resources to help get you started.