Compulsive Gambling

Gambling is not about money, it's about the action...

    A big win can be deadly....

        From winning to losing to desperation....

A few facts collected by the National Council on Problem Gambling may be of interest to you:

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There is a twenty times higher suicide rate among pathological gamblers.
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One third of pathological gamblers are women.
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Forty-six percent of pathological gamblers borrow on, or use up the cash value of, their insurance policy. Fifty-two percent surrender their policy.
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Forty-two percent of 14 year olds gamble. Forty-nine percent of 15 year olds gamble. Sixty-three percent of 16 year olds gamble. Seventy-one percent of 17 year olds gamble. Seventy-six percent of 18 year olds gamble. Eighty-eight percent of 19 year olds gamble. (In other words, gambling problems are at least as high in children as they are in adults.)
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Eleven percent of gambler’s wives attempt suicide.
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Twenty-five percent of children of pathological gamblers have significant behavioral, or adjustment problems.
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Sixty-five percent of wives of pathological gamblers give their spouses their personal savings to gamble or pay debts.
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Forty-seven percent of pathological gamblers abuse alcohol. Forty-six percent are depressed. Forty-two percent have stomach problems. Thirty-five percent have insomnia. Thirty-five percent feel faint or dizzy. Twenty-nine percent have headaches. These figures are only slightly less for the spouses of gamblers.
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Sixty-five percent of pathological gamblers commit crimes to finance gambling: 34% check forgery, 3 1 % civil loan fraud, 3 0% embezzlement, 20% forgery, 19% tax evasion, 12% tax fraud.
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The average amount of debt of a pathological gambler in the United States ranges from 54,662 to 92,000 for males, and 14,979 for females.

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