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Gender Plays a Role in Problem Gambling.

Why Men May Be More at Risk.

According to a study that compared problem gambling rates between men and women, reported instances of gambling weren’t all that different. There was, however, a wide rift when it came to who met the criteria for being considered gambling addicts.

Only 2.9% of women were found to be problem gamblers – compared to 4.9% of men. That’s a significant difference between genders – and the numbers are even more extreme among college-age students, the demographic that gambles the most. In that population, problem gambling rates were 3% for women and 14% for men.

While the study makes it clear that men are more prone to gambling addiction than women, the reasons why aren’t so black and white. There are, however, a few factors that might account for findings, including:

  • Men are more likely to be die-hard sports fans, making them more likely to bet on games.
  • Men are more likely to socialize in casinos.
  • Men are more likely to take impulsive risks in stressful situations.

If you or someone you know is struggling with problem gambling, help is always available.

Problem Gambling Helpline

1-800-589-9966

Crisis Text Line

Text 4hope to 741741

Free. 24/7. Confidential.

For more information on problem gambling in Ohio, visit BeforeYouBet.org.

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