We all play a part in preventing problem gambling in Ohio. Understanding the issues is the first step toward preventing future addiction. That’s why providing education and growing awareness is a big part of “Before You Bet’s” mission.
You can help spread the message – and to do that, you should know:
Who’s at Risk?
More than 900,000 people in Ohio are at risk of having a gambling problem. While anyone can be affected, males 18-44 are the largest at-risk group. Women over the age of 50 are also more likely to develop problems – and, some might find it surprising that 14% of Ohio youth ages 12-17 are gambling.
What are the Effects?
The negative consequences of problem gambling can be more than just financial. Job performance can suffer. Personal relationships can be damaged. Researchers estimate that more than 80% of problem gamblers never seek treatment. Of those living with gambling addiction, 38% consider committing suicide.
What Resources are Available to Help?
The website BeforeYouBet.org has a free community toolkit to help organizations. It can help identify warning signs and outline responsible gambling behaviors. Those needing support can get it any time by calling 1-800-589-9966 or texting 4HOPE to 741741.
To learn more about responsible gambling practices, visit BeforeYouBet.org.