Gambling addiction statistics : Top 5 websites

Looking for up to date statistics? We list government, industry and non-profit sites which give you the most recent statistics related to gaming and gambling addiction.

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Gambling and addiction and statistics

National gambling statistics are hard to come by.  Because gaming is regulated at the state level, statistics are collected by states.  Generally, each state’s Health and Human Services department organizes this activity via an Office, Division, Bureau, Administration, or other services system.  However, a few national boards exist and you’ll be able to find statistics via their websites.

1. The National Council on Problem Gambling helps increase public awareness of pathological gambling, tries to ensure the availability of treatment for gamblers and their families, and encourages research and programs for prevention and education regarding gambling addiction.  Their links page is an all-inclusive list of member coalitions, as well as state and international agencies that focus on problem gambling.  This link rocks: NCPG affiliates and resources

2.  The National Center for Responsible Gaming allows you to search over 150 peer-reviewed articles resulting from NCRG funded research on gambling disorders.  Then, you can request a copy of a study or article.

3.  The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research offers a database of public information about gambling.  Simply search for data related to “gambling” or “gaming” and sort by date from newest to oldest.

4. The American Gaming Association (americangaming [dot] org) represents the commercial casino entertainment industry.  So just know that that’s where their “Facts” are coming from.  Nonetheless, I find their statistics and fact sheets interesting and up to date.

5. National gambling study impact study – As far as I can tell, the most recent and thorough nationally commissioned study on gambling was in 1999. The report was requested by the 104th Congress of the U.S. and the Commission terminated 60 days after it submitted the report.  But this report provides lots of background information about
types of gambling, the problems therein and makes suggestions and recommendations to Congress for future action.

About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.

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  1. The person sitting next to you in church, the man in line at the grocery store, or one of your co-workers; any one of these could be involved with a gambling problem. Imagine your grandmother committing a crime to support her gambling addiction. I am a recovering alcoholic, gambler, and have recovered from other addictive behaviors. I published a book, Gripped by Gambling, where the readers can follow the destructive path of the compulsive gambler, a prison sentence, and then on to the recovery road.

    I recently published a second book, Switching Addictions, describing additional issues that confront the recovering addict. These are two books you might consider adding to your library. I also publish a free online newsletter, Women Helping Women, which has been on-line for more than ten years and is read by hundreds of women (and men) from around the world.


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