Online Help March is Problem Gambling Month

Published Sunday, March 09, 2014 -
Online Help March is Problem Gambling Month

The National Council on Problem Gambling recently announced the National Problem Gambling Awareness Month campaign, a grassroots public awareness and outreach campaign. The goal of this campaign is to educate the general public, and health care professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling and raise awareness about the help that is available both locally and nationally. The campaign was previously held during the first week of March to coincide with March Madness, one of the most widely bet upon events in the U.S. Now, the campaign takes place during the entire month of March.

According to the NCAA, one in 10 Americans will fill out an NCAA tournament bracket this year, participating in the American gambling strategy known as Bracketology. According to the FBI, March Madness generates $2.5 billion in illegal wagers each year. Keith Whyte of NCPG stated that gambling is occasional and fun for most adults, but for 6 to 8 million Americans it negatively affects finances, work, and family. Though March Madness may be fun for some adults to participate in as a social activity, others wager outrageous amounts of money at casinos and with bookkeepers to try and make money from the games. This can be detrimental to the financial stability of an individual.

According to the Wikipedia the  definition of problem gambling, or ludomania, is an urge to continuously gamble despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. Problem gambling often is defined by whether harm is experienced by the gambler or others, rather than by the gambler's behavior. Severe problem gambling may be diagnosed as clinical pathological gambling if the gambler meets certain criteria. Pathological gambling is a common disorder that is associated with both social and family costs. The condition is classified as an impulse control disorder, with sufferers exhibiting many similarities to those who have substance addictions.

There is help please gamble responsibly stay within your limits.

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